The first round of the Maryland state playoffs is in the books, and 32 teams are still standing in each of the four classifications. Most title contenders earned a bye and will begin their postseason on Tuesday. On Friday, region semifinals will cut the fields to eight teams apiece.
Severna Park has occupied the top spot in the rankings since the second week of the season and face one of the toughest roads to the state semifinals. The Falcons will most likely need to beat Meade for a third time this season and Leonardtown to advance out of the 4A East region.
In 4A West, fifth seed Einstein sent defending state champion Walter Johnson home with a 2-1 win on Friday. Sixth seed Richard Montgomery posted the biggest upset of the first round with a convincing 5-1 win over third seed Wootton. In class 3A, all the higher seeds advanced. In the class 2A South region, a pair of Howard County rivals went to penalty kicks where fifth seed Wilde Lake knocked out fourth seed Hammond.
The WCAC, MAC and IAC playoffs also being this week.
The Top 10
1. Severna Park (14-0-1) LR: 1
In Tuesday’s Anne Arundel County championship, the Falcons beat Meade, 2-1, in overtime for the second time this season. The rivals could meet again on Friday in a Maryland 4A East semifinal.
2. Whitman (11-1-2) LR: 3
Natan Rosen’s hat trick powered the Vikings past Wheaton, 4-0, on Friday. Whitman has won nine boys’ soccer state championships and will look to move closer to its 10th title Tuesday against Bethesda-Chevy Chase.
3. Churchill (11-2) LR: 4
The Bulldogs face Einstein on Tuesday. Barring an upset, Churchill and Whitman will meet in a 4A West semifinal on Friday. The Bulldogs lost the regular season matchup, 2-1.
4. Meade (12-2) LR: 2
The Mustangs open their playoff run against North County on Tuesday. The 2015 state runner-up lost to Severna Park in last year’s region semifinal.
5. Wilson (14-0-1) LR: 5
The Tigers beat Theodore Roosevelt, 2-1, on Monday to advance to Thursday’s DCIAA final. In the other semifinal, Cardozo beat Bell, 2-1.
6. Leonardtown (13-2) LR: 6
The Raiders thumped North Point, 4-0, to win the SMAC title last week. Leonardtown will need to handle a tough Broadneck team on Tuesday and either North Point or South River on Friday in order to reach the 4A East region final, where it lost to Severna Park last year.
7. Landon (13-2-2) LR: 7
On Tuesday, the Bears will face St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes in the IAC tournament semifinals. On Oct. 20, the Saints handed Landon its only loss of the IAC regular season, 2-1.
8. Gonzaga (11-6-3) LR: 8
The Eagles begin their quest for a second straight WCAC title at home against St. Mary’s Ryken on Tuesday.
9. Mount Hebron (10-2-2) LR: 9
If the Vikings beat Reservoir on Tuesday, they will face either Centennial or Atholton on Friday in a Maryland 3A East semifinal. Mount Hebron won a state title in 1999, 2000 and 2006 but lost in its most recent trips to the state final in 2011 and last year.
10. River Hill (11-1-2) LR: 10
The 2A South region is separated into Howard County and Southern Maryland. If the Hawks reach the region final, they could face La Plata, who reached the state final in 2015 and the semifinal last season.
Records through Monday