Sarah Fuller became the first woman to score in a Power Five conference football game, cleanly kicking a pair of extra points for Vanderbilt on Saturday in a 42-17 loss to Tennessee.
The goalkeeper for Vanderbilt’s Southeastern Conference women’s soccer team 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 for the extra point, which tied the game at 7.
The 6-foot-2 senior put the ball through the uprights and celebrated by pulling her fist in before slapping high-fives with teammates.
Center judge Chris Garner made sure to give Fuller the ball, the official bringing it to her at the sideline.
Winless Vanderbilt (0-9) finally gave her another chance with 7:22 left in the game, kicking another extra point through as the Commodores closed to 35-17.
“This whole time has been if I can do it, if I’m good enough to do it,” Fuller said.
“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.”
Fuller made history as the first female to play in a Power Five conference game on November 28 with a kick-off to open the second half. She has remained on the roster even as Vanderbilt’s other kickers came out of quarantine for coronavirus and rejoined the team.
No woman before Fuller had appeared in an SEC game or for any Power Five team. Liz Heaston became the first woman to score in college football with two extra points for Willamette of NAIA on October 18, 1997.