Sarah Fuller Makes History

Sarah Fuller was only playing around a couple months ago when she kicked a soccer ball through the uprights from forty-five yards away. She would often joke about kicking a football with teammates. This past Saturday, she made history. Fuller became the first woman to participate in a Power Five football game when she kicked off for Vanderbilt to start the second half at Missouri. 

Vanderbilt had a grad transfer kicker opt out before the season, which opened a spot for Sarah to try out. She was previously the goalkeeper for Vanderbilt’s SEC champion soccer team. 

One day during soccer practice, the coaches had all the goalkeepers line up and have a contest to see who could kick a soccer ball into the football team’s makeshift field goal target. With every kick they would step back five yards. Sarah went all the way back to the forty five yard line, sending the ball soaring into the target. 

“It was pretty cool,” Fuller said. 

Six days after her last time wearing a Vanderbilt soccer jersey, she found herself wearing a football jersey. This got her an interview with the “Today” show and “Good Morning America”. 

“I just want to tell all the girls out there that you can do anything you set your mind to, you really can.” Fuller said.

Fuller acknowledged the importance of her platform as a role model for young women. She wore “Play Like A Girl” on the back of her helmet. 

While 0-8 Vanderbilt haven’t had too much to celebrate this year, Fuller’s electrifying moment is certainly something the program can be proud of. 

Sarah Fuller’s kick to start the half against Missouri. (ESPN)