Probably a "you had to be there" situation but... U-18 challenge women Pinball play in the penalty area. Ball pops out to the top of the box. Attacker strikes a hard, driven shot on goal which is sailing through the penalty area about head high. Defender in the box quickly raises both arms up to her head to protect herself, but in doing so deflects the ball back at the shooter. It was not clear to me whether or not the ball would have actually hit the girl in the face, but it was clear to me that she raised her arms over her shoulders and knocked the ball down while it was headed towards goal Immediately, two things raced through my mind...this was either DOGSO-H and a red card or no infraction at all for accidental contact while she was protecting herself. I took the middle road. I whistled a PK but didn't not card (yellow or red) the defender. I did however, have to book her team's captain for dissent because she wouldn't shut up about how the girl was only protecting herself and she had a right to do that. What do you guys think? At U-12's I think I would have probably let this go, but U-18 women challenge is a different ball game.