Meet Elizabeth Lambert, the Roughest Soccer Player in the WorldBy: Daryl | November 6th, 2009
I’ve seen the above game described as a “catfight”, but that absolutely does not do it justice. Bringham Young University vs New Mexico in the Women’s Mountain West Conference college tournament last night was more like the roughest game of soccer ever captured on YouTube, and it featured the roughest display of defending I’ve ever seen.
New Mexico #15 Elizabeth Lambert puts in more than one nasty tackle, punches an opponent in the back and somehow gets away with yanking an opponent to the floor by the ponytail. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if she was actually trying to pull her head clean off. Last but not least, when Lambert brings a BYU player down on the edge of the box, you can see one of her New Mexico teammates run in and fire the ball straight at the fallen player’s face.
Julie Foudy was not impressed.
Obviously this is amusing. No denying that. But it’s also kind of horrifying. The idea that any game of college soccer is serious enough to behave like a monster is scary. The fact that Lambert wasn’t sent off for any of her many offences suggests maybe the standard of refereeing in the Mountain West Conference needs a little work too. Or a sight test at the very least.
Good news is that despite New Mexico’s attempts to decapitate their opponents, BYU won the game 1-0. Proving that there’s still justice in the world, even when the referees fail to administer it.