Panthers, Lady Panthers sweep Horn Lake
AMORY – Defense was the strong suit for both the Panthers and the Lady Panthers on Saturday in a sweep of Horn Lake.
“I was very pleased with the effort from both teams. We didn’t give them a lot of shooting opportunities for either team, especially quality shots,” Amory coach Nathan Clayton said.
The girls’ team rolled out to a 4-0 win behind two goals from senior Addie Forbus.
Her first score of the game came less than three minutes in on an assist from Bailey Boyd, and she would add another in the 35th minute on a penalty kick after Horn Lake was called for a push in the box.
Forbus recorded her 200th goal of her high school career in the lone score of Amory’s 1-0 win over Starkville on Friday night and sits just 25 shy of breaking the all-time scoring record of 226 held by Greene County’s Kelsey Cochran.
“That’s remarkable. There’s very few people at all that get 100 goals, much less 200 in high school,” Clayton said. “It’s a big mark, and she’s very close to it.”
Clayton said the Lady Panthers (8-1-1) won’t focus on the record but will enjoy celebrating when Forbus passes the mark.
“We’re not looking at going into a game and saying it’s this number left for her. She’s doing a good job distributing the ball,” Clayton said. “Even when she’s not scoring, she’s setting other people up to, and she’s our leading assist player.”
Amory would add another two scores in the second half – one after a struggle near the goal line from Madeline Dean and another in the 64th minute from Carley Westbrook.
“We had trouble putting them away in the second third early in the game. We worked for some decent shooting opportunities, but we would make a bad touch on the shot,” Clayton said. “The middle of the field and the defensive third, we played pretty well. We still have some things to work on in the attacking third. We’ll hopefully get those things finished up this week.”
(B) Amory 2, Horn Lake 0
Despite battling through some injuries, the Panthers put up a solid defensive effort on their way to a 2-0 shutout over Horn Lake.
Amory (4-5-1) allowed just one shot on the goal in the first half, and Fernando Sanchez gave them a 1-0 lead going into the break, scoring in the 18th minute on an assist from Evan Thomas.
“We had several kids filling in some spots today, so it was big to have a defensive effort like that, especially against a 6A school,” Clayton said. “Hopefully we can get everyone healthy by the end of Christmas break. So far, we haven’t had that with the boys. We haven’t had our best 11 out there yet.”
Michael Wathen added to the lead with a goal in the 53rd minute, and keeper Ross Trautman finished the day off with six saves.
Both teams will start division play on Friday at Caledonia after the original division opener against Mississippi School of Math and Science was rescheduled for Jan. 5.
“Both teams have some big games starting division play next week at Caledonia. That’s a rival game for them, and we know Caledonia will be ready to play,” Clayton said.
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