By Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
AMORY – Addie Forbus broke the state’s career scoring record on Friday night and got the added bonus – an Amory win over Pontotoc to secure the Division 2-4A crown and a home playoff game next week.
“It seems so surreal. I was pretty overwhelmed,” Forbus said after scoring 3 goals in the Lady Panthers’ 4-2 win over Pontotoc. “It’s kind of a weight off my shoulders.”
Forbus got off to a hot start, scoring on a long assist from Bailey Boyd just 1:32 into the match. A penalty kick in the 27th minute tied the scoring record of 226 set by Greene County’s Kelsey Cochran, and Forbus’ assist on a Rachyl Hill goal gave the Lady Panthers a 3-0 lead at halftime.
Near the beginning of the second half, Forbus appeared to have a clear shot at the record-breaking goal, but the Pontotoc keeper came out to meet her for the save.
Forbus scored her third goal of the night and No. 227 for her career on a penalty kick in the 57th minute.
“I was speechless. It’s a tremendous opportunity that she’s had, and she’s done an outstanding job,” Amory coach Nathan Clayton said. “We’re so proud of everything she’s been able to accomplish.”
The win caps off a 4-1 division record, and they will host either Lewisburg or Lafayette in the first round of the playoffs.
“Putting Pontotoc out of the playoffs is a big deal,” Forbus said. “The Amory girls haven’t made it past the second round of the playoffs before, but I know we’re going to change that this year.”
Clayton said the win over Pontotoc was big for the Lady Panthers heading into the playoffs.
“Pontotoc is always good, and they’re always a solid program,” Clayton said. “To be able to beat them tonight was huge.”