BERTHOUD SIGNS PROFESSIONALLY IN SWITZERLAND
March 18, 2020
(LUGANO, Switzerland) Former Westmont women’s soccer forward Maddi Berthoud recently signed professionally in Switzerland with FF Lugano 1976 and made her professional debut on Feb. 15 against BSC Young Boys Frauen.
“I had no idea if I would continue to play, but God opened the door and it was such an answer to prayer,” Berthoud said.
Westmont women’s soccer head coach Jenny Jaggard is happy to see Berthoud now in the professional ranks.
“I am very excited that Maddi has had this opportunity to play professional soccer in Switzerland,” Jaggard said. “Getting to coach Maddi in her senior year of college was an honor.”
FF Lugano 1976 competes in the Nationalliga A, the top division of professional women’s soccer in Switzerland.
Berthoud made two starts for the team, playing mostly center attacking midfield, before the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“I love my teammates,” Berthoud said. “The team was in last place, so in the transfer window over January, the president brought in eight new international players to help save the team from relegation.
“We only got to play two games together, but we were able to bring up the level and we were getting better and better each game. We were all passionate about fighting to save the team from relegation.”
Berthoud, who holds citizenship in both the United States and Switzerland, said she arrived in Lugano on Jan. 24 for a week-long trial and then was offered a contract after her trial period was completed.
“I know that it has been one of her goals to play professionally and I’m not at all surprised that she is living this dream,” Jaggard said. “She is a very talented, hard-working and driven player. She is especially gifted with the ball at her feet taking people on one v. one and she has a nose for the goal.”
Berthoud said she is unsure if the season will be resumed because of COVID-19, but if it’s not, she plans on going back to Switzerland in the summer for next season.
The Rowley, Massachusetts native graduated from Westmont in December with a degree in biology.
“She was a team captain and used her kind spirit and intense passion to lead her team through a fantastic final season,” Jaggard said.
This past fall, Berthoud helped lead Westmont to its first conference championship since 2015 by sharing the regular season crown with Vanguard. The Warriors also advanced to the NAIA quarterfinals before narrowly losing to eventual national champion Keiser (Fla.).
“It was an amazing way to end my college career that meant so much to me,” Berthoud said.
Berthoud finished her Westmont career as a four-time All-GSAC Team selection, one of only five Warriors to ever accomplish the feat.
The 2016 GSAC Newcomer of the Year twice earned NAIA Honorable Mention All-American honors, after her freshman and junior seasons.
Her 41 career goals scored ranks ninth all-time in Westmont program history. She is also tied for sixth in assists (28) and is eighth in points (110).
Berthoud’s 0.51 goals per game is 11th all-time, while her 0.35 assists per game ranks fifth.
“Her Westmont family is extremely proud of her accomplishments and what a wonderful person she has become,” Jaggard said. “She is going to be missed very much next season.”