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Elizabeth Lambert discusses her actions during New Mexico vs BYU soccer game

11/18/09 in NCAA Athletics   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

A couple weeks ago, Elizabeth Lambert got a bit too violent during an NCAA soccer game between New Mexico and BYU, and she was eventually suspended indefinitely, and discussed her situation with deep regret.

"I still deeply regret it and will always regret it and will carry it through the rest of my life not to retaliate. I look at it and I’m like, ‘That is not me.’ I have so much regret. I can’t believe I did that."

In fairness to her, there are a lot of little things that go unnoticed in a soccer game. Yes, she punched one of her opponents in the back. But it was directly following an elbow to the stomach. To be honest, I might have punched her, too.

Was Lambert really all that bad? She probably didn't do anything worse than you would see in most soccer games, if you paid close enough attention. But since she happened to get caught on camera a bunch of times, she was punished for it. She also thinks that her gender had something to do with it.

"I definitely feel because I am a female it did bring about a lot more attention than if a male were to do it. It’s more expected for men to go out there and be rough. The female, we’re still looked at as, Oh, we kick the ball around and score a goal. But it’s not. We train very hard to reach the highest level we can get to. The physical aspect has maybe increased over the years. I’m not saying it’s for the bad or it’s been too overly aggressive. It’s a game. Sports are physical. I think the way the video came out, it did make me look like a monster. That’s not the type of player I am. I’m not just out there trying to hurt players. That’s taking away from the beauty of the game. And I would never want to do that."

One thing that was actually a bit amusing to me was that she was taken aback by the reaction of some men: "That appalled me. A lot of people think I have a lot of sexual aggression. I was like, ‘Whoa, no, I don’t feel that way at all.’ That’s bizarre and shocking to me."

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