Vanderbilt Enlists Women’s Soccer Goalie to Serve as Kicker

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Vanderbilt is about to make history in an otherwise lost football season.

The program has announced that Sarah Fuller will be its placekicker for Saturday’s SEC home game against Missouri.

Fuller is a senior and has spent four seasons as the goalie for the Vanderbilt women’s soccer team. If she plays for the football team, she will become the first female to do so in a Power Five conference game.

“I think it’s amazing and incredible. But I’m also trying to separate that because I know this is a job I need to do and I want to help the team out and I want to do the best that I can,” Fuller said in a release from the school. “Placing that historical aspect aside just helps me focus in on what I need to do. I don’t want to let them down in anyway.

“It’s an honor they called on me to be able to do this and help them out.”

Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason first broached the idea of Fuller kicking during an appearance on 102.5 The Game in Nashville on Wednesday.

“She’s got a strong leg,” Mason said. “We’ll see what that yields. … Sarah’s an option. She seems to be a pretty good option, so we’ll figure out what that looks like on Saturday.”

Fuller started nine of 12 games during the fall soccer season, including all four games in the SEC tournament, which the Commodores won.

The football team, of course, hasn’t been nearly as successful as the women’s soccer team. The Commodores are 0-7 and merely trying to perform the role of spoiler as they play out the string.

And who knows? Perhaps Fuller can boot them to an upset.

“I have a great inner circle that I know is going to keep me in check and hold me accountable for things and make sure I’m doing this right,” she said. “And that’s what I want to do, to just represent my family well and represent the school well.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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  1. Lol this is joke another college going woke. This is why I can’t stand college sports some times. At least the NFL is the best players. Anybody who has played a lick of soccer at the college level knows there is probably not a girl on any girls college soccer team that can outkick one guy on a guys team in D-1. There is no way a girl goalie is the best kicking prospect, sorry that is the truth this is theater.

  2. This will become not fun for her in a hurry on a busted kick return or if a kick gets blocked. We might be scraping a kicker off the field if that happens, so I hope they’re telling her to get the heck out of the way after she kicks.

  3. It’s stories like these that make me wish we lived in reality and reason rather than trying to force women into roles they clearly shouldn’t be in so the wokey wokes can feel good about their lack of virtuous life.

    I’d like to hear what her father thinks of this.

  4. It’s fitting for Vanderbilt – the eternal doormat of the SEC – to enlist the services of a girl. Look, they don’t get any goddamn money put into their athletics and they’re shorthanded. Better a girl who can kick a soccer ball than some meathead on the regular roster who kicked in high school. Unless you really need some range, maybe.

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