Sarah Fuller still made history this morning as the first woman to kick in a power five football game. Fuller has been playing D1 soccer at Vanderbilt for four seasons but this week, she stepped off the pitch and between the uprights to play like a girl.
The Power Five refers to the five largest conferences in the NCAA; Pac-12, Big 10, Big 12, ACC, and SEC. Other women have played football at smaller schools, like Becca Longo from Adams State University and Toni Harris from Central Methodist University. However, Vanderbilt is the biggest and most notable school with a female football player.
Fuller just finished her senior season as the starting goaltender for their women’s soccer team.
She wore the words “play like a girl” on the back of her helmet as a nod towards the non-profit organization under the same name. Their mission is to encourage girls in STEM and sports.
The historic moment happened in the third quarter kick-off when she sent a low kick to the 35-yard line where it was taken by Missouri.
“I represent the little girls out there who wanted to do this or have thought about playing football or any sport, really,” she said. “I just want to tell all the girls out there that you can do anything you set your mind to, you really can. If you have that mentality all the way through, you can do big things.” She said to SEC Network after the game.
This afternoon, several big names in sports have made a public acknowledgment of Sarah’s accomplishment. Russel Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks and Olympic women’s basketball player Dawn Staley are among those to give Sarah a shout out.
Unfortunately, Vandy did lose to Missouri 41-0.
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