Atholton senior forward Tony Dedmond scored two-goal and had one assist yesterday, leading the Raiders to a 3-0 victory over Fallston in the state Class 2A title game at Old Mill yesterday.
Junior forward Todd Bradford scored a goal and had an assist.
It was Atholton's first state boys soccer title, and the Raiders finished with the best record in school history, 12-3-1.
Dedmond, who had 15 goals and 11 assists this year, scored the game's first goal from 10 yards out in the face of a stiff wind in the 38th minute.
"Nick Bostrom hit a tremendous ball over the top, and I just beat my defender," Dedmond said.
Fallston sweeper Chris Eatough and goalie Steve Chaires converged to try to block Dedmond's shot but arrived too late.
"That goal was caused by a mixup in our midfield," Eatough said. "They played a quick ball, and he (Dedmond) got into it and finished well. We made some mistakes today and paid for them. They didn't make any mistakes."
Atholton coach Reg Hahne also called the firts goal the key to the game.
"That was a crucial goal because we knew we'd have the wind at our backs in the second half and that they'd have trouble scoring. We would have been happy to be scoreless at halftime," he said.
Fallston coach Len Petry said. "That first goal really hurt because we haven't scored much this year and were hoping for a low-scoring game. We had two or three chances to score first but didn't finish."
Fallston (11-2-3) did not mark Dedmond.
"We haven't marked anyone all year," Petry said. "We were confident our backs could cover."
Dedmond said only two other teams, Wilde Lake and Archbishop Curley, failed to mark him this year. "And I scored three goals in each those games," he said. "Not marking me didn't seem smart."
Bradford scored Atholton's second goal in the 49th minute, flicking in a header to the far post off a throw-in by Dedmond.
In the 50thminute, Atholton scored again. Bradford kicked a cross through a wide-open middle that Dedmond just turned and kicked from inside the 10-yard line.