Fallston (11-1-3) hasn't been to the state finals since 1983, but the Cougars are headed back after a 1-0 victory over Overlea yesterday.
Fallston midfielder Joe Kahl scored on a rebound shot 36 minutes into the Class 2A State semifinal at Quince Orchard. The goal was his sixth of the year.
Both teams battled a strong wind and a muddy field.
"It was a quagmire out there," Fallston coach Len Petrey said. "I was pleased with how well our midfield played considering the conditions."
Second-seeded Overlea (11-2-2) playing with the wind at its back pressed the attack for the first eight minutes, but the Falcons failed to score despite four shots on goal.
"It took us a while to adjust to the conditions," Fallston sweeper Chris Eaugh said.
Eaugh played a strong game and forced Overlea's offense to attack from the wing.
"We just couldn't go down the middle with their sweeper and the wings were the softest part of the field," Overlea coach Doug Eisenhauer said. "We've gotten by with fancy footwork in our midfield all year, but the slippery field hurt."
Atholton 2, Gwynn Park 1
Atholton (11-3-1) will play in its first state championship game after it beat Gwynn Park (12-2-1) in the Class 2A semifinal in a shootout.
The Raiders outscored Gwynn Park, 8-6, in the shootout, in which James Waddy scored the final point. Atholton tied the game, 1-1, with 11 seconds left in regulation time on a 21-yard kick by midfielder John Walter.
Atholton dominated the game offensively, taking 15 shots on goal and 17 corner kicks.
"Their sweeper kept them in the game," said Atholton coach Reg Hahne. "I thought we would have the edge in the shootout because we had more depth."