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.
“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.