By Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
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 selected as the Daily Journal’s 2013 Player of the Year.
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.
Quick to Assist
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.”
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.”
A six-year starter, Forbus leaves behind a legacy for a young Lady Panthers team that included 14 seventh- and eighth-graders.
“They’re young but they’re full of potential,” Forbus said. “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.”