Vanderbilt could turn to goalie Sarah Fuller to replace kicker against Missouri



Vanderbilt may turn to a female soccer player to fill the kicker position for Saturday’s game.

Sarah Fuller practiced with the Commodores football team and could be an option for the game against Missouri this weekend, coach Derek Mason said Wednesday.

“She’s really good with a soccer ball, she looks to be pretty good with a soccer ball, so we’ll see,” Mason told reporters. “We’re keeping all options open for now, and we’ll have a chance to see what she does on Saturday if the opportunity arises.”

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Vanderbilt is expected to play Mizzou at noon on Saturday if all goes well. A handful of SEC games have been postponed this season due to positive coronavirus tests. Mason said the special team players suffered from illnesses, but he did not say if any of them tested positive for COVID-19.

Fuller, a goaltender, would replace Pierson Cookie and Wes Farley. Cooke is 3 for 7 this year and Farley is the replacement. Mason said he contacted football coach Darren Ambrose to find out if Fuller would be interested. Fuller started kicking for the soccer team on Tuesday.

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“I just wanted to see how strong her leg was, and I can tell you she has a strong leg,” Mason said. “We’ll see what it pays off. I mean in terms of distances, I’m not talking about that. I have another day after day to go and assess exactly where she is. … it seems like a very good option.

If Fuller appears for Vanderbilt on Saturday, she would be the first woman to do so for a School Power 5 Conference.

She has started nine of Vanderbilt’s 12 games this season, recording three shutouts and seven wins. She had a goals against average of 0.97.

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April Gross was the last woman to participate in a college football game. She scored an extra point for Kent State in the first half in September 2015.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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