Amory’s Forbus nearing scoring record, end of high school career

AMORY – Addie Forbus is finally a senior. That’s what Amory soccer opponents have been wanting to hear for six years.
“I think it’s something our opponents have wanted to come for a long time,” Amory coach Nathan Clayton said. “It hasn’t come fast enough for them.  We’re going to miss her tremendously. She brings a lot to the table and makes everybody around her better.”

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Amory’s Addie Forbus comes in to steal the ball away from a Columbus player. Forbus had six goals in the Lady Panthers’ 12-1 win, all in the first half, and assisted on two others.

Clayton has coached Forbus since her eighth-grade year. The petite soccer star has tormented defenders since seventh grade. She had 40 goals and 22 assists as a freshman. She led the state, despite class, with 52 goals as a sophomore, then verbally committed to Ole Miss.
“It’s kind of  blazed by,” said Forbus, who will sign with the Lady Rebels on Feb. 5. “All I remember is I couldn’t wait to put on that jersey.”
Forbus has been on the soccer circuit since she was 8. She played seven years for Tupelo Futbol Club, is now in her second season with the Collierville Lobos and is also playing with the Birmingham United’s Elite Clubs National League team.
She was also a member of the Mississippi 95 girls Olympic Development Program Region III championship team, the state’s first to win that title. She attended the ODP national camp in Boca Raton this Thanksgiving.
“She does the little things you can’t coach anybody to do. Kids playing for the first time, she’s speaking to them, getting them water, little things not typical of her skill level,” Clayton said. “It would be very easy for her to be a snob, but it’s a total opposite. She goes out of her way.”
Forbus is ranked the South’s No. 6 prospect according to Top Drawer Soccer, which gives her a four-star ranking. It makes for a hectic travel schedule for a high school senior.
“It gets pretty frustrating. It’s hard to balance school, friends and soccer. I spend countless hours on the road, but it’s something I love to do,” Forbus said.

She broke her own school goals record as a sophomore and is averaging a hat trick this season. There is an even larger record she’s chasing now. Forbus entered the season with 178 career goals, 48 shy of Greene County’s Kelsey Cochran’s state record 226.
Forbus had 19 goals through six games entering Thursday night’s game against New Hope, 30 goals shy of breaking the record. She scored six goals in less than a half of play against Columbus earlier this season.
“It’s super important, such an honor, but if we’re winning, that’s most important, whether it’s me scoring or someone else,” Forbus said.