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Athlete of the Week is Hauppauge's Emily Kaplan

Hills West's Dana Winthrop and Hauppauge's Emily Kaplan

Hills West's Dana Winthrop and Hauppauge's Emily Kaplan fight for control of the ball in a Division IV game, Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at Hauppauge High School. Credit: George A. Faella

For Emily Kaplan, the most important statistic is wins. But she did say she enjoys seeing her name atop a certain list.

"I think I'm third right now," she said. "I've always wanted to be on that list."

As in the list of Suffolk County's leading scorers in girls soccer. She's near the top of that one this season. She's also toward the top of another list: assist leaders.

Kaplan, a senior forward for Hauppauge, currently is tied for fourth in goals with 19 and fifth in assists with 10. That combined total puts her high up on another list: points leaders, on which she is third with 29.

"Hopefully, I can keep scoring in the playoffs so we keep winning and so I can add to my number," she said with a laugh.

Kaplan capped the regular season Tuesday with a hat trick in a 6-1 win over Half Hollow Hills West, helping Hauppauge secure the Suffolk IV title.

Kaplan, who scored four goals in the season opener in what was a sign of things to come, says she has used her speed to her advantage this season. She has also looked to distribute more and has developed great chemistry up top with her fellow speedy forward Lauren Downey.

"I wanted to make sure others had the confidence to go forward," she said. "My goal was to make sure everyone got opportunities to get shots off."

The Eagles feature three double-digit goal scorers in Kaplan, Downey (13 goals, six assists) and Nicole Scudero (12 goals, five assists), a strong possession player in the midfield.

"We are just playing as a team," Kaplan said. "Passing back and forth, going forward, and getting shots off."

And moving up on those lists.


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