Sarah Fuller Just Became the First Woman to Score in a Power 5 Football Game
Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller made more history this weekend after successfully kicking an extra point to become the first woman to score in a Power 5 college football game.
According to CBS Sports, Fuller—who is also the Vanderbilt women’s soccer team’s starting goalkeeper—first made history on November 28 after she became the first woman to play in a Power 5 in a game against the Missouri Tigers. She joined the football team as the soccer program dealt with issues due to COVID-19.
But on, Saturday, December 12, Fuller took things to the next level in Commodore’s game against the Tennessee Volunteers. Her point came with 1:50 left in the first quarter, tying the game at 7-7, and the crowd, including her family, went wild with celebration. Fuller’s teammates also celebrated her history-making moment, giving her high-gives her and hugs on the sidelines.
“This whole time has been if I can do it—if I’m good enough to do it,” Fuller said after the game, per ESPN. “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.”
It turns out, the 21-year-old may have had a lucky charm: her Harry Potter socks. Following the game, Fuller tweeted, “Honestly, it was the Harry Potter socks.”
With or without luck, the multi-talented athlete is proving she has what it takes to be a huge star. “You’re a Wizard Sarah! You break boundaries and fragile men’s minds all with a swing of the leg,” one user tweeted.
Other fans on Twitter also praised Sarah Fuller’s incredible achievement. “Historic. We’ll forever now be @VandyFootball and @SarahFuller_27 fans,” one fan wrote.
“Finished her last final exam of the semester, went over to the stadium, and made history…again.,” NBC host Willie Geist added. “We’re proud of you, @SarahFuller_27!”
Women are continuing to break into the football boys club. In February 2019, Toni Harris made history as the first woman to be awarded a college football scholarship to play defense—she also starred in a Super Bowl ad that year.
“They don’t want females to play in this sport, and so if you want the chance, you do have to be so good they can’t ignore you,” she told the Today Show at the time. “I don’t let anything stop me. I don’t take no for an answer,”
We can’t wait to see what these women accomplish next.