Panthers top Caledonia, secure playoff spot

AMORY – The Panthers accomplished their ultimate goal on Saturday – securing their playoff spot by
ending in a tie with Caledonia and only allowing a single goal in regulation, but they also secured the win, beating the Confederates 4-3 in the shootout.

Melissa Meador/Monroe JournalThe Panthers huddle up before the start of Saturday's game against Caledonia where they secured their playoff spot.

Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
The Panthers huddle up before the start of Saturday’s game against Caledonia where they secured their playoff spot.

The scoreless match was resumed after being called 32 minutes in with stormy conditions on Tuesday.
“If we had lost by 1, we would have had the tiebreaker, but it’s even better to go ahead and get it done ourselves,” Amory coach Nathan Clayton said. “At the end, we had some good opportunities, and their keeper made some good saves. We had a couple of balls at him a few times. Caledonia came out and played hard. They had their backs against the wall, and they came out and competed hard.”
The two teams ended regulation still scoreless, but Caledonia got on the board early in the first overtime period. Evan Thomas responded with a goal of his own in the 95th minute to send it to the shootout.
Caledonia made the first and fourth shots, but Amory keeper Ross Trautman didn’t even have to get in the action as both the second and third shots missed the goal entirely.
Joseph Summers, Thomas and Mike Wathen each made their penalty kicks, and after the two Caledonia misses, Garrett Trautman’s shot secured the win.
“I’m very pleased with our guys, not just for winning today, but with all the injuries we’ve had to deal with this year, these guys have played hard every game, regardless of who we’ve had in there and what kind of lineup we’ve had to play with. We’re very pleased with that,” Clayton said.

(B) Pontotoc 2, Amory 0
Pontotoc secured the boys’ Division 2-4A crown with the win on Friday night after previously beating second place Amory two weeks before.
Clayton said he was pleased with the showing of his team on Friday.
“We played hard. There were a couple of breakdowns that they were able to score off of. We had a few opportunities to score. Evan (Thomas) got just a little bit unlucky with his shot there at the end,” Clayton said. “That’s probably a score on a dry field, but of course they’ve played on a wet field just like us. I was pleased with the effort. We competed for 80 minutes, and that’s all I can ask them to do.”

Lady Panthers top division rival Caledonia, fall to Corinth
Conditions were tough on Tuesday night, but the Lady Panthers were still able to pull out a 2-1 division win over Caledonia in driving rain and a soaked field.

Melissa Meador/Monroe JournalAmory's Gabby Hall heads down field with the ball as a Corinth defender closes in on Saturday.

Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
Amory’s Gabby Hall heads down field with the ball as a Corinth defender closes in on Saturday.

Addie Forbus scored both Lady Panther goals in her chase for the state scoring record and came close on several other shots.
Forbus put the Lady Panthers on the board first in the 31st minute, but Caledonia made a penalty kick just minutes later to tie it up. Forbus’ second goal, a wide open shot in the 67th minute, broke up the tie and secured the win for Amory.
“It’s tough conditions tonight. Tonight is a great equalizer, and we had trouble. There’s not a whole lot you can do on the ball, but Addie made two great goals tonight,” Clayton said. “She came close on a couple of more, hit the cross bar on one and had a couple that just missed, a set piece that she just barely hit over the top at the beginning.”
A mere half day after breaking the scoring record, Forbus added goal No. 228, but that would be all the scoring for the Lady Panthers as mostly reserves played for both teams in the second half and Corinth pulled out a 2-1 win.
“You don’t want to lose anyone this close to the playoffs, and Corinth did the same thing,” Clayton said. “Their keeper had some good saves. We had some open goals and didn’t put it on frame a couple of times too. It was good for us to let our younger girls play a little bit today too since we won’t have any more JV games.”