An offside penalty in the 76th minute negated a goal that would have tied the Arkansas High School Coaches Association girls all-star game.
The East received a free kick that sailed into the crossbar and then saved by the West goalie before Conway Christian’s Ahnya Ranaraja struck the ball into the net that would have made the game 3-3 with 3:41 left in the game.
Instead, an assistant referee that was positioned on the West’s back defensive line called offsides that negated the goal and left the score 3-2, which was eventually the final.
The West took advantage early, reeling off three straight goals within five minutes of each other.
The first came in the 11th minute when Springdale Har-Ber’s Gissille Estrada pushed the ball across on an assist from Lake Hamilton’s Caitlynn Porter to take an early 1-0 lead with 20:44 left in the first half.
Seconds later, Estrada assisted on the West’s second goal of the match, sending a pass to Bentonville’s Tyler Ann Reash, leading to a 2-0 lead and two goals within 28 seconds.
Reash again scored again on an unassisted goal when she intercepted a bad back pass and shot and scored.
Reash’s goal made the score 3-0 with 25:33 left in the first half.
Her final notched the third goal in four minutes, 11 seconds for the West.
And, the three goals were all the West needed.
However, it didn’t come without a fight from the East.
In the 31st minute of the match, St. Joseph’s Mattie Elsinger missed a pass and a shot at goal that would have possibly netted the first goal for the East.
Nearly five minutes later, Elsinger redeemed herself, scoring the first goal for the East on an assist from Fort Smith Northside’s Natalie Alcocer.
The goal made the score 3-1 with 4:51 left in the first half.
The second half dwindled down and looked as if the East had no chance of coming back until Ranaraja scored unassisted in the 73rd minute of the match, making the score 3-2 with seven minutes left in the match.
Then, just over three minutes later, Ranaraja’s goal that was erased put the match out of reach as the West played out the rest of the match.
Ranaraja’s play earned her Outstanding Player honors for the East, while Russellville’s Kate Lane earned Outstanding Player honors for the West.
Benton’s Julia Dick took home MVP honors for the game, representing the West.