Woman soccer player will dress, poised to play for Vandy

28 Novembre, 2020, 13:34 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller right slaps hands with a teammate during NCAA college football practice on Wednesday

Vanderbilt soccer goalkeeper Sarah Fuller will be active as the Commodores' place-kicker Saturday against Missouri, the school announced.

Fuller is a goalkeeper for the Vanderbilt women's soccer team.

But he laughed because he was not all that stunned when he read the initial reports this week of a Vanderbilt women's soccer player, fresh off an SEC Tournament title, was at practice helping out because she was needed.

Sarah Fuller is one step closer to becoming the first woman to appear in an SEC football game. The Power 5 conferences consist of teams from the SEC, ACC, Big 10, Big 12, and Pac 12. Liz Heaston became the first woman to score with two extra points for Willamette in NAIA on October 18, 1997.

If Fuller plays, she will join an elite company of female athletes who have competed in the Football Bowl Subdivision, also as kickers: Katie Hnida for New Mexico in the early 2000s, and April Goss for Kent State in the mid-2010s. Tonya Butler was the first woman to kick a field goal in an NCAA game for Division II West Alabama on September 13, 2003. Just coming off an SEC Championship in soccer...

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Congratulations also poured in from the SEC, Tennessee Titans, Jen Welter, the first female coach in the National Football League, and Vanderbilt alums including Adena Friedman, the president and CEO of Nasdaq, who called Fuller a "tremendous athlete and role model".

"I think it's awesome and incredible", Fuller said in an article on the athletic program's website.

"(Monday) I decided I was just going to take in the win and take in the soccer aspect", Fuller said. I don't want to let them down in anyway.

COVID-19 protocols and restrictions have left coach Derek Mason with a limited number of specialists available against Missouri.

'I'd be proud if this works out, ' said Fuller's soccer coach, Darren Ambrose.

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