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State boys, girls soccer brackets released

A compilation of goals from the Howard County boys soccer regular season. (Tim Schwartz / BSMG staff video)

HOWARD COUNTY, MD — The MPSSAA released the state boys and girls soccer championship brackets on Monday.

River Hill and Mt. Hebron boys earned No. 1 seeds in their respective sections, while River Hill and Atholton girls are seeded first in their brackets.

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In the boys state championship bracket, the county champion Hawks sit atop the 2A South, Section I and have a first-round bye. They will face the winner of No. 4 Hammond or No. 5 Wilde Lake on Oct. 31. Oakland Mills is the No. 2 seed and also has a bye. It will play the winner of No. 3 Marriotts Ridge and No. 6 Glenelg, which face-off in the opening round on Oct. 27.

The Vikings, who reached the state championship game last fall, have a bye in the 3A East, Section I bracket. They will play the winner of No. 4 Reservoir and No. 5 Long Reach in the second round. Centennial is the No. 2 seed and will play No. 3 Atholton.

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Howard has the No. 4 seed in 4A North, Section I and will host No. 5 Mervo in the opening round. The winner will play No. 1 seed Catonsville on Oct. 31.

Boys’ playoff seeds:

2A South

Section I: 1. River Hill; 2. Oakland Mills; 3. Marriotts Ridge; 4. Hammond; 5. Wilde Lake; 6. Glenelg.

Section II: 1. La Plata; 2. Calvert; 3. Patuxent; 4. Southern-AA; 5. Thomas Stone; 6. Westlake.

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3A East

Section I: 1. Mt. Hebron; 2. Centennial; 3. Atholton; 4. Reservoir; 5. Long Reach.

Section II: 1. J.M. Bennett; 2. Chesapeake-AA; 3. Stephen Decatur; 4. Northeast-AA.

4A North

Section I: 1. Catonsville; 2. Perry Hall; 3. Dulaney; 4. Howard; 5. Mervo.

Section II: 1. Sherwood; 2. Urbana; 3. Northwood; 4. Blair; 5. Paint Branch; 6. Springbrook.

In the girls championship bracket, county champions and defending state champions River Hill has a first-round bye in 2A South, Section I and will face the winner of No. 4 Glenelg and No. 5 Hammond. Wilde Lake is the No. 2 seed and will play either No. 3 Marriotts Ridge or No. 6 Oakland Mills in the second round on Oct. 31.

Atholton is the top seed in 3A East, Section I and will play the winner of No. 4 Centennial and No. 5 Long Reach. No. 2 seed Mt. Hebron will face No. 3 Reservoir in the second round.

Howard is the No. 3 seed in 4A North, Section I and will play No. 2 Western after a first-round bye. Perry Hall is the top seed in the section.

Girls’ playoff seeds:

2A South

Section I: 1. River Hill; 2. Wilde Lake; 3. Marriotts Ridge; 4. Glenelg; 5. Hammond; 6. Oakland Mills.

Section II: 1. Calvert; 2. La Plata; 3. Southern-AA; 4. Westlake; 5. Patuxent; 6. Thomas Stone.

3A East

Section I: 1. Atholton; 2. Mt. Hebron; 3. Reservoir; 4. Centennial; 5. Long Reach.

Section II: 1. J.M. Bennett; 2. Chesapeake-AA; 3. Northeast-AA; 4. Stephen Decatur.

4A North

Section I: 1. Perry Hall; 2. Western; 3. Howard; 4. Catonsville; 5. Dulaney.

Section II: 1. Urbana; 2. Blair; 3. Sherwood; 4. Paint Branch; 5. Northwood; 6. Springbrook.

Section finals are set for Nov. 3 and regional championship games are on Nov. 7. State semifinal games are Nov. 11 and state championship games are at Loyola University on Nov. 15, 17 or 18.

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