Female soccer player punches, pulls hair during game

I’m not a big soccer fan, but when footage of this brutal catfight flashed on the television screen while I was eating lunch, even I took an interest in the sport.

This isn’t the best video of what happened, but every other version keeps getting taken down due to copyright violations. Just watch this whole video and you’ll see what it is all about.

The game, which took place Thursday, was between the women’s soccer teams of the University of New Mexico and Brigham Young University. It was the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference Championship in Provo, Utah.

The evil-doer of this story is New Mexico’s junior defender Elizabeth Lambert. She’s the one who tripped and punched her opponents. Oh, and she slapped one girl in the face, kicked another in the head and jerked a girl to the ground by her ponytail.

What a classy gal she must be.

Here’s an interesting fact about the game too: Lambert didn’t get ejected. She didn’t even get a red card. She got one yellow card, and she argued it. The referees let all of her actions take place without consequence.

Will there be any repercussions in the coming days from the team, the school, the NCAA or even the law for assault charges? It’s hard to tell, but something should happen to her for her wicked behavior. Seriously.

Well, there are some repercussions taking place I guess.

Today New Mexico Lobos head women’s soccer coach Kit Vela announced in a press release that Lambert is “suspended indefinitely for her actions” following the BUY match.

“Effective immediately, Lambert is prohibited from participating in all team practices, competition and conditioning activities,” the news release said.

Lambert is clearly vicious and hell-bent on winning, and she apparently is a student of mixed martial arts because some of her moves were nearly textbook in execution. She must have an evil streak in her.

But she disagrees.

“I am deeply and wholeheartedly regretful for my actions,” Lambert said in the release. “My actions were uncalled for. I let my emotions get the best of me in a heated situation. I take full responsibility for my actions and accept any punishment felt necessary from the coaching staff and UNM administration. This is in no way indicative of my character or the soccer player that I am. I am sorry to my coaches and teammates for any and all damages I have brought upon them. I am especially sorry to BYU and the BYU women’s soccer players that were personally affected by my actions. I have the utmost respect for the BYU women’s soccer program and its players.”

She claims to be nicer than how she played, but I’d be scared to date her for fear of pissing her off and facing her wrath.

At the same time, though, a little roughness and pain might be nice in a relationship . . . but I digress.

As everyone under the sun has pointed out, Lambert’s actions were absolutely uncalled for, especially against BYU.

Those poor, conservative, peace-loving Mormon girls probably didn’t even understand the violence that was taking place against them, let alone know how to exact revenge.

Of course, if I wouldn’t have been able to surmise that hair pulling and face slapping weren’t good actions to perform while playing soccer, ESPN saved the day by having a soccer guru, one Julie Foudy, on to tell the adoring audience that such behavior is not looked upon favorably on the field of play.

Thanks, Julie. I had no idea.

Lambert is clearly a naughty girl. Does she need a spanking? Perhaps. That’s neither here nor there, though.

What is truly important through this whole ordeal is that women’s collegiate soccer actually made it onto ESPN.

Now that’s cool.

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  1. I believe this. My (former) sister acted the same way in high school…soccer, basketball, whatever. She was the top female athlete in our small high school and always got a pass. This young woman needs to be dealt with harshly now before it gets out of hand. My (former) sister shop lifted, embezzled, stole from family and beats her husband. She got away with all of it because there was always someone to get her out it trouble, without consequences (mostly her mother-in-law or parents). Her daughter was kicked out of college after 2 months for puching a girl in the face and her aggressive son is now a corrections officer hoping to soon be a deputy sheriff. The reason I and my whole family except parents have nothing to do with her or her crazy family is that she shows no responsibility for her actions. Oh, yeh, She is now an RN and I know patients that have complained to management about her because of her attitude. Go figure.

  2. She needs help. She obviously is a vicious person and I would press charges for assault if I could. I have a hard time believing she is a “nice” person who let her anger issues get to her.

  3. This is getting worse. Apologize and let them play later. What happens if someone pulls out a knife the next time ?

  4. Look at it closely. First punch to the back for retaliation to a elbo to the solar plexus is perfectly understandable. Second, if anyone went to grab my JUDY would get more than a hair pull.
    This girl is totally justified and does not need to appologize and if anything all of the girls involved should have been suspended.

    • I totally agree. The player is just taking revenge. WTF is with the elbow to the ribs it is just asking for trouble and she got it. Then trying to give the girl a wedgie while standing in front of her so the ref can’t see I would have f*cking knifed that sl*t. I bet bloody ESPN show the footage of her aggressive tackles on those players after she got the elbow in the ribs and the attempted wedgie but the stupid TV network shows the tackles before to single out a player unfairly. ZZZZZZ karma comes to everyone including ESPN when someone takes an arson attack on it

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