Vandy women's soccer player option to kick for football team

Posted 11/25/20

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Women’s soccer player Sarah Fuller has practiced with the Vanderbilt football team, and coach Derek Mason said Wednesday she’s a good option to be the Commodores kicker …

To Our Valued Readers –

Visitors to our website will be limited to five stories per month unless they opt to subscribe.

For $5.99, less than 20 cents a day, subscribers will receive unlimited access to the website, including access to our Daily Independent e-edition, which features Arizona-specific journalism and items you can’t find in our community print products, such as weather reports, comics, crossword puzzles, advice columns and so much more six days a week.

Our commitment to balanced, fair reporting and local coverage provides insight and perspective not found anywhere else.

Your financial commitment will help to preserve the kind of honest journalism produced by our reporters and editors. We trust you agree that independent journalism is an essential component of our democracy. Please click here to subscribe.

Sincerely,
Charlene Bisson, Publisher, Independent Newsmedia

Please log in to continue

Log in
I am anchor

Vandy women's soccer player option to kick for football team

Posted

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Women’s soccer player Sarah Fuller has practiced with the Vanderbilt football team, and coach Derek Mason said Wednesday she’s a good option to be the Commodores kicker Saturday against Missouri.

“She’s really good with a soccer ball, she seems to be pretty good with a football so we'll see,” Mason said. “We're keeping all options open right now, and we'll get a chance to see what she does on Saturday if given the opportunity.”

Mason said his Commodores (0-7) are having health issues with their specialists. Vanderbilt has declined to comment on any players who've either tested positive for COVID-19 or are in quarantine. Junior Pierson Cooke is 3-of-7 on field goals this season, and junior Wes Farley is the backup.

Fuller, a senior from Wylie, Texas, made three saves last weekend as Vanderbilt upset top-seeded Arkansas 3-1 in women's soccer to capture the Southeastern Conference Tournament tile.

Mason said he reached out to soccer coach Darren Ambrose, a close friend, to see if Fuller could work as an option. He saw Fuller kick in practice Tuesday both off the tee and kicking a couple field goals.

“I just wanted to see how strong her leg was, and I can tell you she's got a strong leg,” Mason said. “We'll see what that yields. I mean in terms of distances, I'm not into talking about that. I got another like day to day to go in there and evaluate exactly where she sits. ... She seems to be a pretty good option."

No woman has appeared in an SEC football game or for any Power 5 team.

Liz Heaston to play in a college football game Oct. 19, 1997, when she kicked two extra points for Willamette in NAIA. Ashley Martin was the first woman to kick in a Division I game Aug. 30, 2001, with three extra points for Jacksonville State in the now Football Championship Subdivision.

Katie Hnida was the first woman to score in the top Division I level Aug. 30, 2003, with two extra points against Texas State-San Marco after starting her career at Colorado. She missed an extra point in December 2002 agaisnt UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl.

in the first half of Kent State's 45-13 win over Delaware State on Sept. 15, 2015. That made her the second woman to score in a Football Bowl Subdivision game.

___

More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

Comments