Sarah Fuller has made history as the first woman to score in a Power Five conference football game, cleanly kicking a pair of extra points for Vanderbilt in a 42-17 loss to Tennessee in a recent match.
It was gathered that the goalkeeper for Vanderbilt’s Southeastern Conference women’s soccer champs made both of her kicks, to the cheers of her teammates and family.
Speaking after the game, Fuller said “This whole time has been if I can do it, if I’m good enough to do it”
“It wasn’t if I was a girl or not. So that’s something I’ve really appreciated. At the end of the day, they treated me like an athlete and that’s the best I could ask for.”
Local reports have it that Fuller got her historic chance with 1:50 left in the first quarter.
Listed second out of three available kickers on the depth chart, Fuller came out to try the extra point. The 6-foot-2 senior put the ball through the uprights to tie the game at 7 and celebrated by pulling her fist in before slapping high-fives with teammates.
Centre judge Chris Garner made sure to give Fuller the ball, the official bringing it to her at the sideline.
Vanderbilt gave Fuller another chance with 7:22 left in the game. Ken Seals hit Ben Bresnahan with a 16-yard TD pass, and Fuller went back out. She kicked the extra point through as the Commodores closed to 35-17.
Speaking about Fuller Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt said “She’s obviously a winner”.
“And she walked up there and kicked it right through. So I just think it says a whole lot about her and really, kind of her fortitude to be brave enough to go do this.”
It’s imperative to note that no woman before Fuller had appeared in an SEC game or for any Power Five team.