Wolff stepped into scoring role, guided Liberty to playoff spot Player of the Year 1992 ALL-CARROLL COUNTY GIRLS SOCCER TEAM

November 24, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Liberty coach Lynn Stone had plenty of question marks going into her first season as a varsity soccer coach.

The obvious one was who was going to put the ball in the net. She turned to Amy Wolff for an answer,and wasn't disappointed.

The senior striker finished the season with 16 goals and two assists to help lead the Lions to a surprising state playoff appearance.

Wolff accounted for nearly 60 percent of the Lions' offense this season and, on occasion, single-handedly carried them to victory.

In a year where every school had a player worthy of recognition, it was Wolff's clutch scoring and never-quit spirit that gave her the nod as The Baltimore Sun's girls Player of the Year in Carroll County.

"I hounded her at the beginning of the year, telling her I needed someone to score and she responded," Stone said.

"The other kids knew if they could get her the ball something good would happen. She contributed to our team in such a major way that we would have been hard pressed had we not had her."

Wolff was at her best in the region finals against rival North Carroll.

She showed finesse and a great touch to give the Lions a 1-0 lead in the first half when she dribbled by two defenders along the right side and then took a left-footed shot from just outside the 18-yard mark that found the upper left corner.

With North Carroll pressing in the second half after tying the score, Wolff chased down a through ball and slipped it under the North Carroll keeper to score the game-winner.

Stone simply said, "She's been there for us all year long."

Wolff finished third in the county in scoring this season behind North Carroll senior Ashlee Douglas and South Carroll sophomore Amber Clutter. Most figured to see those two among the leading scorers, but few expected to see Wolff -- who scored only a pair of goals last year -- among the elite.

"We just made some basic adjustments at the start of the season," Stone said.

"We had her square up to the ball and get down over it more, but the biggest thing was having her take shots earlier."

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