Vanderbilt soccer player Sarah Fuller makes history, becomes 1st woman to dress for SEC football team
COVID-19 issues within the Vanderbilt football team has opened the door for some SEC history.
On Friday, the Commodores announced that Sarah Fuller, a senior with the women’s soccer team, will dress for the football program as a placekicker when they take on Missouri on Saturday afternoon. With several members of the special teams unit in quarantine, coach Derek Mason and his staff could turn to Fuller if the opportunity calls for it during the game.
Fuller was on the field for the Commodores’ SEC women’s soccer championship game as they defeated top-seeded Arkansas 3-1 on Nov. 22.
“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,” said Fuller, according to the official Vanderbilt athletics web site. “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 any way.”
Notable Women in College Football
- Liz Heaston kicked two extra points for Willamette, then an NAIA program, on Oct. 18, 1997, to become the first woman to score in a college football game.
- Ashley Martin became the first woman to score at the Division I level when she kicked three extra points for FCS Jacksonville State against Cumberland on Aug. 30, 2001.
- Katie Hnida became the first woman to score at the FBS level when she kicked two extra points for New Mexico against Texas State on Aug. 30, 2003.
- Tonya Butler became the first woman to kick a field goal in an NCAA game for Division II West Alabama on Sept. 13, 2003.
- Brittany Ryan, with 100 points for Division III Lebanon Valley from 2007-10, is the all-time NCAA female scoring leader.
- April Goss became the second woman to score in an FBS game with an extra point for Kent State against Delaware State in 2015.
— Sarah Fuller (@SarahFuller_27) November 27, 2020