Forbus receives 2013 Player of Year honors
Addie Forbus’ busy soccer schedule doesn’t leave her with much time to wait around.
But five goals away from the state’s career goals record, that’s exactly what Amory’s senior scoring star had to do in January after heavy rains caused a handful of games to be canceled or postponed for her Lady Panthers team.
“It was frustrating for us to get anxious for games and then have them canceled every day,” Forbus said. “But when we finally got to play, our main priority was to beat Pontotoc and win our division. The fact that the record came with it was a bonus.”
After scoring a state-leading 50 goals and setting a new state career record of 231, Forbus has been named the Daily Journal’s 2013 Player of the Year.
After the delays, Forbus broke the record in a pair of home games – in mud and driving rain against Caledonia and in a division-clinching win over Pontotoc.
“That was easily out of all the games I’ve played in my entire life the most miserable, frustrating game I’ve ever played. Not only was there so many inches of mud and water on the field, plus it was raining so hard, you couldn’t open your eyes to even see,” Forbus said. “I actually didn’t even hear about the record until probably about halfway through the season. That’s when I realized that I was coming up on it, and that there was a good chance of it happening.”
Amory soccer coach Nathan Clayton said Forbus’ impact for Amory has been felt just as much off the field.
“She brings not only her scoring ability, but also her character off the field. It’s hard to describe it if you don’t see it on a daily basis,” Clayton said.
Midfielder Bailey Boyd, who has played alongside Forbus since the beginning of her soccer career, praised her leadership abilities.
“Addie always has the best possible attitude,” Boyd said. “She’s always the first one to praise the younger girls or call them with helpful advice. She wants everyone to succeed and enjoy themselves. And there was nothing better for us knowing we had a player like her down field always ready to score when we needed her to.”
The Lady Panthers were eliminated just shy of the North state finals last season with a second-round playoff loss at Germantown.
“I think the second round of playoffs for Amory girls soccer is definitely a mindset thing. It’s not a playing problem, but it’s all that’s going on in the mind that gets in the way,” Forbus said. “Going into the game everyone is psyching themselves out, knowing a girls team has never won that round. Once you start thinking about that, it’s definitely a mental disadvantage during the game.”
Forbus said in the past she’d had to miss high school games for other forms of soccer but made the high school team her priority this season.
“We all got so close, and I didn’t want to miss a minute of it,” she said. “It is hard balancing everything, going from practice to practice or game to game, but it’s all worth it.”
The Ole Miss signee has known her college destination for the past three years but made it official with the Rebels on Feb. 6.
“It seems like forever ago since I committed, but it also seems like it’s gotten here so fast,” Forbus said. “I think my style of play meshes together just right with theirs. The coaches are great, and we talk at least once a week, if not more. I love everything about the team and the bonds I’ve already made through that, and it’s a program that’s on the rise.”
A six-year starter, Forbus leaves behind a legacy for a young Lady Panthers team that included 14 seventh- or eighth-graders this season.
“They’re young but they’re full of potential. They’re small and young, but they get it. You can see it in their eyes and in their faces,” Forbus said. “Hopefully this season has shaped their minds and helped to prepare them for big games in the future. I just hope I’ve made a difference for Amory soccer in general, given them a good role model to look up to and made an impact in their lives.”
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