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Smithtown West earns first victory

Smithtown West midfielder Stephanie Hughes (6) reacts after

Smithtown West midfielder Stephanie Hughes (6) reacts after scoring a goal in a game against Copiague on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Credit: Steven Ryan

After losing its first three field hockey games, Smithtown West needed a win in the worst way. An early hole in the Division II standings would be difficult to climb out of, and the Bulls didn't want to dig it any deeper.

They won't have to worry anymore about getting their elusive first win after defeating Copiague, 3-0, Monday.

"We needed a win to shift the momentum and get our team back in the division,'' coach Helen Flynn said.

Flynn said there was no head-hanging after her team's rough start to the season. Quite the opposite.

"They were positive, fired up and ready to play,'' she said. "It was a good win.''

Stephanie Hughes got the first goal with 20:17 left in the first half, taking a shot from 10 yards and knocking it into the right side of the net.

"We needed to get a score on the board to set the tone for the rest of the game,'' Flynn said.

Jill Stapleton pushed Smithtown West's lead to 2-0 with a corner shot, off an assist from Kim Plaspohl, with 8:34 left in the half.

"We executed it perfectly,'' Flynn said. "She took a great shot and put it in the cage.''

As a bit of extra insurance, Amanda D'Amico scored on a breakaway with 11:13 remaining in the game. D'Amico took the ball from the 50-yard line and fired it into the net from right outside the circle.

"It was crisp and right into the goal,'' Flynn said.

Defensively, the Bulls were solid, yielding only one corner shot from Copiague that went wide.

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