Santa Barbara to Italy

Maddi Berthoud playing professional soccer in Italy

Annika Bahnsen, Staff Writer

Maddi Berthoud ‘19, a former player for Westmont’s women’s soccer team has made a commitment to play professionally in Italy for the team Calcio Pomigliano. Calcio Pomigliano is the second professional team Berthoud has played for, her first being FF Lugano 1976 in the Swiss league.

During her time at Westmont, Berthoud was named Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) All-Team all four years she played, being one of only five other Westmont players to do so. As team captain, Berthoud finished her career at Westmont ranked fifth in program history for the number of assists per game (0.35), tied for sixth in assists (28), eighth in points (110), ninth in total goals (41) and eleventh in goals per game (0.51).

Italian soccer is very tactical so I am learning about the style of play from my teammates and coaches and finding where I can best fit into the system.”

— MADDI BERTHOUD '19

Eliya Lowe, a junior defender for the Westmont women’s soccer team, commented on her temperament with the Westmont soccer team. 

“Maddi was a supportive teammate on and off the field. She led the team with her skill, determination and also Christ-like character.”

I had the opportunity to talk with Berthoud about this new stage in her soccer career and how she is ready to take on the Italian soccer world. 

“I’m excited to learn the culture and the language and of course for the food! I have already learned so much, on and off the field,” Berthoud said, “Italian soccer is very tactical so I am learning about the style of play from my teammates and coaches and finding where I can best fit into the system. I am excited to continue building relationships with my teammates and to integrate into my new community here!”

From a professional perspective, Berthoud feels prepared because of the training she received at Westmont. Her career with the Lady Warriors has shown her how to be a better professional player.

“I feel prepared to play professionally because of the intensity of the Westmont women’s program. At Westmont, soccer was already my lifestyle and it continues to be here.” She continued, “I am grateful for the emphasis that was put on fitness throughout my college career because it has prepared me for this environment. The tactical awareness and understanding of the game is something I will continue to work on as I learn from those around me.”

Berthoud talked about how Westmont has shaped her into the person and soccer player she is today. She reflected on her time at Westmont from an insider’s point of view. “Westmont has prepared me in so many ways! On the field, the women’s soccer program has taught me to be resilient in the face of adversity and to always work hard for the girl next to me. Off the field, Westmont has given me a global perspective and has taught me how to listen and learn from others, which is helping me so much in a new culture.”

Westmont will cheer Berthoud on as she starts her new professional career in Italy and represents the Warriors abroad.