Malcolm Gillian continued his recent scoring surge, tallying all four goals, as Oakland Mills High defeated South River, 4-0, in the state Class 3A semifinal at South Carroll High School last night.
Oakland Mills (13-2), the Region I champ, won its ninth straight game to reach the state final for the third time in five years. The Scorpions will play Franklin, a 2-0 winner over Kennedy last night, in the state final next Saturday at Old Mill at 5 p.m.
Franklin (12-1) defeated Kennedy (7-6-2), the defending state 3A co-champs, with two second-half goals in the second game last night at South Carroll.
Franklin, the Region III champ and top-seed in the tournament, got the first goal goal in the 62nd minute off a 15-yard kick by Martin Johansson. Dan Santoro kicked in a second goal in the 69th minute from 20 yards out.
Oakland Mills took South River (10-4-1), the Region IV champ, out of the game early. Oakland Mills outshot South River, 20-5.
"It was real easy," said Gillian. "They had a man mark me, but they didn't play a sweeper, so he had no support."
Gillian, whose 15 goals have all come during the Oakland Mills winning streak, and who has scored all six of the team's goals during the playoffs, made it a 1-0 game in the 10th minute by kicking in a rebound from inside the 10-yard line.
He scored his second goal in the 20th minute from 18 yards out, off a pass from Clint Peay.
Gillian converted a penalty kick in the 21st minute making it, 3-0. And he scored the fourth goal in the 54th minute on a kick from 25 yards out.
Oakland Mills coach Don Shea was surprised that South River didn't use a sweeper as a last line of defense in front of the goal.
"You can't beat a Howard County team without one," he said.