Sarah Fuller has made it into the history books again after becoming the first woman to score in a Power Five college football game.
The 21-year old goalkeeper joined Vanderbilt University in 2017 to study Medicine, Health, and Society. Playing for the Vanderbilt Commodores, Fuller’s latest success is not the first time she has made history.
In November, she became the first woman to play in a Power Five team — the elites within college football — after kicking off the game against Missouri.
The coronavirus pandemic caused upheaval to many sports games and soccer teams earlier this year. Positive tests, contact tracing, and general concerns stop many games from going ahead.
A COVID-19 outbreak at Vanderbilt University was one of the main reasons why Fuller was approached to play against Missouri.
Fuller’s time at the university did not get off to a smooth start after she suffered various injuries, including a broken foot and back problems. During the first three years, she played just two games but certainly seems to be making up for it now.
Sarah Fuller’s PAT is GOOD 🙌🏻
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) December 12, 2020
At half time, Fuller delivered a short speech to encourage her teammates — which impressed several team coaches — telling them they could do anything they put their minds to.
The starting goalie on Vanderbilt’s women’s soccer team said: “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. 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. It’s an honor they called on me to be able to do this and help them out.”
However, despite Fuller’s determination, drive, and historic breakthroughs in the world of college football, the Vanderbilt Commodores were unable to secure a win by the end of the game, with Missouri taking the crown with a final score of 41-0.
However, losing the game has not made Fuller any less of a celebrity.
Appearing on CNN and earning high praise from LeBron James, among other athletes, it is quite clear that this is not the last fans will see of Fuller as she begins her sports career.
In November, Fuller, a senior, contributed to the Vanderbilt soccer team winning their first SEC Tournament title since 1994.
Fuller has an impressive following on Instagram — she motivates and inspires fans who are in awe of her talent, courage, wits, and beauty.
Her football career is coming to an end with the cancellation of Vanderbilt vs. Georgia that was set for Saturday.
Anchor Down! 🏈
And catch Vandy soccer game next season ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/OzlMkLs8Um
— Sarah Fuller (@SarahFuller_27) December 15, 2020