Vanderbilt goalkeeper Sarah Fuller practices with football team in advance of game against Missouri
If she plays, Fuller would become the first woman to ever play D-1 Power Five Conference football.
Nov. 24, 2020
When Missouri takes the field on Saturday against Vanderbilt, it could witness football history.
Vanderbilt soccer’s starting goalkeeper, Sarah Fuller, practiced with the football team on Tuesday, per a report from Simon Gibbs of the Vanderbilt Hustler. If she plays in Saturday’s game, Fuller would become the first woman to ever buckle a helmet and shoulder pads in a Division-I Power Five Conference football game, and the fourth in D-1 overall.
According to Gibbs’ source, Fuller did not take kicks in practice, but went through practice with the team in full pads. Vanderbilt brought her in because specialists are in quarantine.
While the Commodores have struggled in the kicking game this year, this is not due to performance.
It’s important to note that while Fuller practiced with the team, it’s “incredibly unclear” whether she’ll make an appearance at Faurot Field on Saturday.
Fuller led Vanderbilt to a Southeastern Conference championship, posting a .757 save percentage in nine games. She dealt with injuries before the 2020 season and wasn’t named starting goalkeeper out of the gate, but she got the job after three games and never looked back.
At one point, she held a shutout streak of 314 minutes and 34 seconds, from Oct. 18 to Nov. 7.
The last woman to play D-1 football was April Goss, who kicked with Kent State in 2015. KaLena “Beanie” Barnes kicked in Nebraska’s spring game in 2000, but never played in a regular season game.
Vanderbilt @ Missouri kicks off in Columbia at 11:00 a.m. on SEC Network.
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