Liberty's Fostik keeps long-shot goal in focus

February 07, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

It's been nearly two months since a teary-eyed Dani Fostik TTC stood in the middle of the South Carroll soccer field trying to

explain how the Liberty Lions lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to powerful Oakland Mills in the state Class 2A-1A girls soccer tournament semifinals.

Fostik, a senior goalkeeper, and her teammates were on the verge of forcing the Scorpions into overtime when a 25-yard free kick by Tyann Blissett deflected off a Lions defender and into the net with a little more than five minutes left in regulation.

That goal still haunts Fostik as she battles through a trying season (7-8) with the Liberty girls basketball team.

"I wanted my senior year to be special," said Fostik. "We were so close to being in the state soccer finals, and that loss still hurts me. Hopefully we can do it in basketball."

The way the Lions have played on the court his season, making the state finals would be more of a surprise than it would have been for the girls soccer team.

Through the first 15 games, it's been Fostik (14 points and 11 rebounds a game) and Amy Wolff against the world.

Fostik, a 5-foot-7 center, does the damage inside and Wolff, a 5-9 senior guard, scores from everywhere.

Fostik and Wolff can be a destructive pair if everything goes right. But if foul trouble sets in or collapsing defenses shut the two stars down, the Lions are in major trouble. There is no one else to go to on a consistent basis.

"Sometimes he [coach Tom Delise] tells Wolff and I he needs big games out of us," said Fostik. "But we know we need help from the other players if we expect to make the regionals and do well. We have to start hustling more and be better on fundamentals."

When Liberty blew out City College on Tuesday by 22 points, Fostik said she hoped that would be a turning point.

But Delise isn't so sure about any turnarounds. "I keep telling the girls we need to win three or four games [out of remaining seven against tough opponents] to get into the regionals," he said.

About Fostik's play, Delise said: "She's had a fantastic year. Even if she makes mistakes, I have no problem with them because they're mistakes coming from her aggressive play."

A lot of Fostik's aggression comes on defense, which she has concentrated on throughout her four years on the varsity.

"I've played with Wolff since the ninth grade, and I've always been big on defense and she's been strong on offense," Fostik said.

Fostik and Wolff have developed a close friendship during their four years of playing three sports at Liberty.

"We're both the same," said Fostik. "We live only 2 1/2 miles apart. We know what to expect from each other on the basketball court. Sometimes we don't say anything, and others you can't get us to shut up. We think the same a lot and we're not afraid to tell each other what we think."

The only time the two stars go separate ways is in the spring when Fostik plays lacrosse and Wolff plays softball.

Fostik said they even might wind up at the same college.

"We're both considering Catonsville Community College and Essex," said Fostik. "The only problem with Catonsville for me is they don't have lacrosse and that is probably my best sport."

But first Fostik needs a minor miracle in basketball or lacrosse to make her senior year "special."

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