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Pointers advance to sectional finals

South Point’s Liam Huff, right, scores one of his three goals in a 4-1 win over Piketon in the Division III sectional tournament on Monday. (The Ironton Tribune / Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

By JIM WALKER

Tribune Sports Editor

SOUTH POINT — The rookie played like a veteran.

Freshman Liam Huff turned the hat trick with three goals as the South Point Pointers beat the Piketon Red Streaks 4-1 on Monday in the Div. III sectional soccer tournament.

Huff scored at the 35-minute mark off an assist by Erin Dillow to give the Pointers a 1-0 lead.

Huff scored an unassisted goal two minutes later and it was 2-0.

The Pointers went up 3-0 early in the second half as Mario Palladino scored with the aid of a Brady Sloan assist.

Piketon got on the scoreboard when Dylan Williams scored an unassisted goal at the 67-minute mark

South Point closed out the scoring and sealed the victory when Huff scored at the 73-minute mark with Michael Lien handing out the assist.

Pointers’ goalie Brady Rickard had six saves.

South Point (8-6-3) plays in the sectional finals at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Minford.

Piketon 0 1 = 1

South Point 2 2 = 4

SP – Liam Huff (Erin Dillow assist) 35:00

SP – Liam Huff (unassisted) 37:00

SP – Mario Palladino (Brady Sloan assist) 57:00

Pik – Dylan Williams (unassisted) 67:00

SP – Liam Huff (Michael Lien assist) 73:00