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May 26, 2019

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New Mexico soccer player goes MMA on BYU

Elizabeth Lambert goes crazy on BYU

Once her time at New Mexico is done, Elizabeth Lambert might have her sites set on the likes of Gina Carano next.

In a brutal display on Thursday at the Mountain West Conference women's soccer tournament, the Lobos junior defender put on a show so vicious and unruly that it made SportsCenter and had ESPN soccer analyst Julie Foudy — and former World Cup champion — completely shocked.

In a 1-0 loss in the tourney semifinals to BYU, which was televised on The Mtn., Lambert drew one yellow card. Apparently, she was not very happy with her hotel bed from the night before, or something along those lines.

The fact that she drew just one yellow was appalling. But, boy, what she did when the refs apparently weren't watching — and the TV cameras were — was insane. How she wasn't taken off the premises in handcuffs and a squad car is almost a crime in its own right.

During the 93-second embedded clip, you get shots of Lambert executing all sorts of maneuvers that would have Dana White shooting to his laptop to work up a six-fight UFC contract.

Included were shots of her punching an opponent in the back, yanking one girl's ponytail so violently that she shot flat to the ground and jacking another in the face after going up for a free ball. Oddly enough, the yellow card came on her least painful blow, as she tripped a BYU player en route to the goal. The BYU player wound up getting a ball kicked in her face as she landed. And Lambert had the gall to argue with the officials, despite essentially getting away with murder prior to that.

(After the video had already gone viral Lambert was suspended indefinitely)

Obviously, the New Mexico women's soccer team doesn't make very many nationally televised appearances. But it makes you wonder how common of an occurrence this was for Lambert over the past three seasons?

Something tells me that The Mtn. might find its way to the site where New Mexico and BYU meet next season, however, for Lambert's swan song.

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