A goal by Jimmy Elliott with 4:07 left to play yesterday gave No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Mount Hebron a 2-1 victory over Atholton, which had won its four previous games, including three in the playoffs.
The Vikings' Mike Glancey scored off a throw-in by Jeff Wunk in the third minute of the Class 2A South region final played at Howard High.
Atholton (5-10) tied the score with 14:07 left to play when Dan Baron scored off an assist from Dennis Cook.
"We dominated. They had only three shots," Vikings coach Jeff Doolan said. "We tried to score in too close. They had it packed back and we should have shot further out to loosen them up."
The Vikings (15-1-1) advanced to meet Catonsville in the state semifinals, which will be played Friday or Saturday.
Catonsville 1, Towson 0: George Rockwell scored in the 67th minute to give the Comets (9-7-2) their first boys soccer regional championship in school history.
Rockwell's goal, off a corner kick, decided a defensive struggle with the Generals (11-4) in the Class 2A North region final.
No. 6 Dulaney 1, Perry Hall 0: Chris Keppeler scored a left-footed goal after a melee in front of the goal with 1:35 left as the defending Class 4A state champion Lions defeated the Gators for their second straight North region crown. Mike Obringer's throw-in started the scoring drive.
The victory was the third this season for the Lions (14-2) over the Gators. All three games were scoreless at halftime.
The Gators dominated play in last night's game at Kenwood, taking twice as many shots as the Lions.
Dulaney keeper Nick Warner made 13 saves for his 10th shutout of the season. Ian MacDonald had 10 saves for the Gators.
No. 8 C. Milton Wright 6, Old Mill 0: Chad Eberly had three goals to lead the Mustangs (12-4-1) past the Patriots (10-5) for the East regional victory and their first trip to the state tournament in three years.
Brian Tully added a goal and an assist. Dan Thrailkill and Eddy Resende each had a goal.
No. 7 Franklin 6, Bel Air 2: Costa Fleytman and Matt Schuster each had two goals and an assist to lead the Indians (13-3-1) over the Bobcats in the North region final played at Kenwood.
Chris Borcik added a goal and an assist and Drew Cathcart added a goal for Franklin.
Shane Justis and John White each scored a goal for Bel Air (9-6).
No. 10 River Hill 4, No. 15 Wilde Lake 2: The three-time defending state champs won their fifth straight region championship last night at Wilde Lake.
The Hawks (10-4-3) were led to the East region title by Spencer Hannas' two goals. Jeff Marquart and Matt Tedrow each had a goal.
"We had something to prove today," River Hill coach Bill Stara said. The Hawks lost to the Wildecats earlier this season, 3-1.
Hannas scored one goal off a loose ball and another off a 30-yard blast to the far post. Three of River Hill's goals came on set plays - one a header by Tedrow off a throw-in by Marquart.
Chad McCarthy and Ian Rodway each scored for Wilde Lake (11-6).
No. 4 Oakland Mills 3, No. 14 Glenelg 0: The Scorpions have not allowed a goal in the state playoffs for the past three seasons and kept that streak alive yesterday at Howard, where the two-time defending Class 1A state champions turned back the Gladiators in the South region final.
Hughes Paul, Normeni Topka and Trevor Shea scored the goals and Kyle Farmer had two assists for the Scorpions (11-4-2).
Farmer, headed to the University of Florida on a track scholarship, twice took three defenders into the corner and made crossing passes that were converted into goals.
Glenelg (9-6-2) outshot Oakland Mills by a wide margin, and had six dangerous direct kicks but came up empty.
Sparrows Point 1, Pikesville 0: Dave Pusinsky scored the lone goal on a feed from Joe Schrauder in the 20th minute to lift the Pointers (11-4-2) over the Panthers (12-5) for the North region championship.
Defensively, marking back John Stallings shut out Panthers ace Stephen Cooper, while Sam Nicolette and keeper Adam Volz (seven saves) also played key roles.
The Pointers advanced to the state semifinals for the first time since 1995.