The Oakland Mills boys soccer team suffered a tough loss in last year's Class 2A state semifinal.
Following a 4-0 victory over Southern on Tuesday in the Class 2A South Region final, the Scorpions will have a chance to erase the memory of last year's loss to Hereford.
Fernando Angel, N'Diaye Hymad and Sam Onumah each scored first-half goals and Jefferson Fuentes added a goal early in the second half for Oakland Mills, which defeated Southern by the same score in last year's region final.
The Scorpions won their 19th region title and will play Oakdale, the West Region champion, in a state semifinal on Friday or Saturday at Bel Air High School.
"We're back in the final four, so now we'll see what happens," Oakland Mills coach Don Shea said. "They're (Southern) a nice team, but like he (Southern coach Brett Blacker) said, they have to come through us to win the region."
Following the victory over Southern last year, the Scorpions were tied with Hereford in overtime when an Oakland Mills clearing attempt deflected off a Hereford player and into the net for the goal that prevented the Scorpions from playing in their first state final since 2002, which is the year they won the last of their 12 state titles.
Similar to the victory over Southern last year, Oakland Mills (9-6-1) took control early on Tuesday. The Scorpions had two solid chances in the game's first five minutes before Angel scored in the eighth minute.
N'Diaye added a goal in the 32nd minute when he played the ball to himself, got around a pair of defenders and beat Southern goalie Dyllan Brady to make it 2-0. Onumah followed seven minutes later when he gathered a loose ball off a corner kick and buried it to make it 3-0 at the half.
Fuentes scored the fourth Oakland Mills goal midway through the second half to round out the scoring.
Oakdale, a 2-1 winner over Liberty in the other semifinal, is in the state semifinals for the first time.