Sarah Fuller plans to proceed taking part in for the Vanderbilt soccer crew


Sarah Fuller, the first woman to appear in a Power 5 soccer game, plans to keep kicking for Vanderbilt "until they get me started".

Fuller spoke to the media on Sunday, the day after starting the second half for the Commodores against Missouri. Prior to joining the Vanderbilt football team, Fuller was the goalkeeper of the SEC champion of the school's women's football team. Now she plans to keep putting on her # 32 jersey and helmet with the words "play like a girl" on the back.

"I'll stay as long as you want me," Fuller said on Sunday, according to USA Today.

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On Saturday, Fuller had no chance of joining the two women who scored points in Division I football games, New Meixco's Katie Hinda and Kent State's April Goss, because Vanderbilt failed to get into the goal position against the Tigers. But during her football debut, Fuller discussed with coaches the prospect of staying with the team, she said on Sunday.

Fuller plans to study a movie about NFL table footballers, and she might get another chance to kick if Vanderbilt plays Georgia on Saturday, December 5th.

The story of Fuller standing for Vanderbilt began long before Saturday. She had to overcome breaking both feet and other injuries to play consistently for Vanderbilt women's football as a senior, having appeared in just two games in the first three years and telling USA Today on Sunday, "There are difficult times when you want to. " Abandoned. "Then there was the recent bus ride that Fuller took with her soccer teammates, watching Vanderbilt play soccer as she told her team that they felt they could do what they saw.

And Fuller was more than a kicker for Vanderbilt on Saturday. She also gave a passionate halftime speech saying she had used her "goalkeeper voice". Fuller told ESPN's Courtney Cronin about the full speech in a response shown in the tweet below.

I just got a Zoom call with Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller detailing the halftime speech and reception.

"I've had coaches come up to me and say, 'I've been wanting to say that for a while," said Fuller.

– Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) November 29, 2020

Since making her debut for Vanderbilt football, Fuller said she has heard from several notable athletes, including Billie Jean King, Mia Hamm and Tim Howard. She also noticed that Hope Solo stood up for her on Twitter.

"I had a little chat back and forth (with Howard) and thought, 'I'm talking to Tim Howard like crazy,'" Fuller told the media on Sunday. "Hope Solo defended me on Twitter once. I said, & # 39; What? Hope Solo! So cool. & # 39;"

Vanderbilt's last game of the season in Georgia may also not offer many scoring opportunities. Whether Fuller can line up for a field goal or an extra point remains to be seen. But all Fuller needed was a kick on Saturday to make history and provide inspiration.

“Girl fathers came up to me and said: 'You inspire my girls. I want them to know they can do anything, and you prove that point, ”Fuller told USA Today. "That's the coolest thing.


Melinda Martin