Ex-Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller signs pro contract with new women's soccer team

Sarah Fuller is continuing her sports career.

The former Vanderbilt goalkeeper and substitute Vanderbilt kicker signed a deal to play for Minnesota Aurora FC in the new semi-pro USL W League in 2022. Fuller became the first woman to score a point in a Power Five conference college football game in 2020 when she was Vanderbilt's emergency kicker.

“I’m excited to be a part of a club that was built by the community,” Fuller said in a team statement. “To see so many people come together and support a women’s soccer club is magical and speaks to the growth of women’s sports today. I’m also excited to be in an environment that will challenge me and prepare me for the next level. “

The Commodores didn't have any kickers available for games that season against Missouri and Tennessee because of COVID-19 protocols. Since Fuller was already part of the school's testing program as a current athlete and was familiar with the techniques of kicking a football as a goalie who regularly did goal kicks, she was called upon to be the team's kicker.

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 12: Vanderbilt Commodores place kicker Sarah Fuller (32) smiles on the sideline after hitting her second point after attempt during a game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and Tennessee Volunteers in which she became the first female to score a point for a power five conference school, December 12, 2020 at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Matthew Maxey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller smiles on the sideline after hitting her second point after attempt during a game against Tennessee in which she became the first female to score a point for a Power 5 conference school in 2020. (Photo by Matthew Maxey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Fuller became the first woman to play in a Power Five game when she kicked off against Missouri. She then was the first woman to score a point when she kicked and made two extra points against the Volunteers. A third opportunity to kick in a game was canceled on the final week of the season when Vanderbilt was unable to play Georgia due to COVID-19 cases.

Fuller's football turn made her a role model for young athletes across the country after she made history with her ability to play multiple sports. While women had kicked in top-level college football games before, Fuller was the first to play in a major conference game.

“Sarah is a fantastic player and an even better person,” Aurora coach Nicole Lukic said. “This club is committed to creating the most professional playing and development opportunity for women across the country and having a leader like Sarah that has broken down barriers and shown such grit and determination is a perfect fit for us. We are thrilled to have her as a leader on the field and in the locker room.”

A Texas native, Fuller transferred to the University of North Texas for the 2021 soccer season to finish her college career.

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