By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal
AMORY – All it takes is one. As in one shot, one goal.
That’s what the banged-up Addie Forbus provided in the 99th minute of a scoreless MHSAA Division 2-4A match at Amory High School Friday night.
The Ole Miss commitment – who was man-marked by Karlee Grisham and doubled-teamed for most of the night – drilled a shot from nearly 30 yards out into back of the net to give her Lady Panthers a 1-0 overtime win over Pontotoc.
“The ball had been bouncing around so many times, going back and forth between each team,” said the Amory junior, who’s been slowed by injury. “The ball got loose, I got it, I had a shot and I took it.”
What was remarkable about the Lady Panthers’ win was the fact that the Lady Warriors (9-5, 1-1) outshot them 39-9. The Lady Panthers only mustered one shot in overtime before Forbus’ game-winning blast.
“They possessed the ball well,” coach Ashley Thompson said about her Pontotoc team. “They worked well together as a team. They maintained their composure under a lot of pressure, and I was very proud of them for that.
“But bottom line: You gotta get a result. And that is the one thing that I told them.”
The good news for the Lady Warriors, however, is that they can avenge their loss to Amory (12-3, 2-0) next Friday night on their home field.
Thompson considered the Lady Panthers to be the best competition that her squad has faced since last year’s Class 4A state championship game loss to Northeast Jones.
Amory coach Nathan Clayton was, without a doubt, quite pleased to defeat the two-time defending state runners-up.
“They’re a quality team,” he said. “Any time you can come out and play with Pontotoc, that’s a big thing.”