By Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
AMORY – Addie Forbus may still be chasing the state career soccer-scoring record, but she and her Amory Lady Panthers teammates have a bigger goal at hand tonight – beating Pontotoc and winning Division 4-2A.
The Lady Panthers all but sealed up their playoff spot with a 2-1 win over Caledonia in muddy, wet conditions on Tuesday night.
“It still depends on what happens with Pontotoc,” Amory coach Nathan Clayton said. “We know they will play hard because they have to win to get in.”
Pontotoc handed Amory (16-2) one of its only two losses of the season, a 3-2 shootout on Jan. 8.
Keeper Shelby Thornton recorded 18 saves in the team’s only loss this season with her in the net. Thornton is responsible for 4 of the Lady Panthers’ 6 shutouts on the year.
Clayton was complimentary of his defense’s ability to play through poor weather conditions on Tuesday.
“There’s only been a few games this year where we’ve given up more than one goal,” Clayton said. “We got a little beat-up in this game, but hopefully everybody will be good to go against Pontotoc.”
The Lady Panthers have allowed more than one goal just five times this season and have only been shutout in a 1-0 loss to Starkville in the second game of the season.
‘it’s the little things’
Forbus, who still sits three goals away from breaking former Greene County standout Kelsey Cochran’s record of 226 with two games to go, recorded both goals in Amory’s win over Caledonia.
“She’s handled the whole situation well,” Clayton said. “It’s the little things she does off the field that make a big difference and sets her aside from other great players because a lot of them won’t take the time to do little stuff with younger kids off the field, and she does that.”
Amory will play either Lewisburg or Lafayette when the playoffs begin on Tuesday. The Lady Panthers were shut out in the first round last season against Florence.