SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs lost a hard-fought battle against the visiting Perryville Lady Pirates on Tuesday afternoon on a controversial late goal.
The goal was scored at the 5:15 mark in the second half after a long kick towards the left side of Sikeston's goal got behind Sikeston defender Arianne MacGillivray and a Perryville player. As they both tried to track down the ball that was heading out of bounds just to the right of the goal, Sikeston goalie Asia Liggins also went to trap the ball.
As Liggins and MacGillivray both tried to stop the ball, the Perryville player was somehow able to kick the ball away from them in front of a wide open net with no one but another Perryville Lady Pirate waiting to knock it in.
Perryville took a 2-1 lead after that and would never relinquish.
"I thought they got a little help out of that last goal. She was clearly offsides," Sikeston head coach Derrick Long said. "We didn't catch a break from the ref there and that's a shame. We worked hard to lose one like that on an infraction that wasn't called."
An offside foul is called when an offensive player is passed the ball and there is not at least two defenders between the offensive player and the goal line.
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