By Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
AMORY – Tied at halftime with their season on the line, the Amory Lady Panthers rose up to win their first-round playoff game on Thursday night.
Adjustments in the midfield and two second-half unassisted goals from Bailey Boyd were the difference as Amory beat Lafayette 4-2 to move on to the second round of the MHSAA Class 4A playoffs.
“Our center midfielders, Bailey Boyd and Bailey Oswalt, were stellar in the second half,” Amory coach Nathan Clayton said. “Defensively, it was the same deal. Some of the ones who struggled in the first half came through in the second.”
Addie Forbus, the state’s career goals leader, got things off to a quick start for the Lady Panthers, scoring in the 3rd minute.
Ally Houghton, who scored all three Lafayette goals, tied it in the 23rd minute and pushed the Lady Commodores ahead in the 37th minute.
Forbus tied the game again, less than a minute before the break.
Boyd broke up the 2-2 tie in the 63rd minute and responded with the game-winner just three minutes later. Houghton made a penalty kick for Lafayette in the 70th minute.
“I was excited when the first one went in,” Boyd said. “In the second half, we played hard, and the ball just landed in the back of the net for us.”
Amory moves on to play at Germantown on Saturday while the boys’ team will travel to Florence that night after beating Lewisburg in the first round.
“We’re hoping to make history on Saturday,” Clayton said. “Amory girls have never made it past the second round.”