SYKESVILLE, MD., NOV. 9 -- Can anybody stop Malcolm Gillian and Oakland Mills?

Gillian scored four goals to lead Oakland Mills to a 4-0 victory over South River in the Maryland state Class 3A boys soccer semifinals tonight at South Carroll High School.

The Scorpions will face Franklin of Baltimore County, a 2-0 winner over defending 3A co-champion and No. 16 Kennedy in the second match of the evening. The state championship will be held Nov. 17 at Old Mill High School.

No. 3 Oakland Mills (13-2), which already has six state titles, is aiming for its first 3A championship. The Scorpions, winners of nine straight, captured their last title two years ago in the 2A division.

Gillian, a forward, has accounted for all six of the Scorpions' goals in their three playoff games. By the time 25 minutes had elapsed tonight he had his second hat trick of the season. The senior added another goal in the second half to raise his season total to 15.

"I have been getting the ball more," said Gillian, who started the season at center halfback before being moved up to the attacking line in the seventh game. "So it has been a lot easier getting goals."

Gillian's first goal came with nine minutes gone in the contest. He converted a rebound from about 10 yards after South River goalkeeper Kevin Collison couldn't hang on to a shot by midfielder Clint Peay.

The two hooked up again 12 minutes later. Peay dumped a pass from the left wing to Gillian, who was open in front of the net. The senior calmly put a shot inside the near post to make the score 2-0.

Gillian closed the first-half barrage 18 minutes before intermission on a penalty kick after a trip was called inside the penalty area.

No. 20 South River (10-4-1) could not put a shot on goal the entire first half. By halftime, Scorpions Coach Don Shea had removed nine of his 11 starters, including goalkeeper Tony Richmond. The defense held on to register the team's fifth straight shutout.

Gillian put the final touches on the victory with a 25-yard shot 14 minutes into the second half.

In the second game, Kennedy (7-6-2) put pressure on goal early. The Cavaliers scored on a free kick goal by Todd Feldman near the midpoint of the second half. But an offside call nullified the goal.

"That broke our backs," said Kennedy Coach Jeff Schultze. "{Franklin} came up from that point on."

The Indians, who will be making their first appearance in a state soccer final, controlled the rest of the match and quickly converted twice in a matter of seven minutes.

Franklin (12-1) finally broke the scoreless tie at 18:04 on a goal by Martin Johansson, who hammered a loose ball in the net from 12 yards.

The clinching goal came 11:13 before the end of the game when Danny Santoro beat his defender and chipped a shot over Kennedy goalkeeper Aaron Tark.