After five straight years dominating the league, Juventus Women have finally been dethroned of the title of Serie A champions. AS Roma have won their first Serie A championship finishing the season with 67 points, followed by Juventus with 54 after the playoff round.
The Women’s team was at the top end of the table all season and it showed in their play. Juventus ended the season with the most goals and assists of any club and the least cards received. Juve’s attack was led by Cristina Girelli (15 goals) and Lineth Beerensteyn (11 goals), as well as Arianna Caruso (10 assists) and Julia Grosso (7 assists). Caruso led the league in assists and Girelli was second in the league in goals while also producing 6 assists this season for the club. On the defensive end, Juventus had the second best goals against (17) led by goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin who led the league in clean sheets (7) and clean sheet percentage (35%).
Although Juventus did not win the league this season they have a lot to be proud of in what they have accomplished and what to look forward to.
Juventus Women qualify for the Champions League.
Second place may not have been the expected or desired outcome but what the runner-up spot does mean, is that the club has qualified for next year’s Champions League.
The Juventus Women squad was eliminated in the group stage this past tournament with the best point value out of a 3rd place team. Going 2-3-1, Juventus’ 9 points were just not enough to eclipse that of Arsenal (13) and Lyon (11). Italian counterpart AS Roma made it to the quarter-final, losing to Barcelona who went on to win the Champions League Final. Both Italian clubs look to improve on their finishes from this year during the next Champions League.
Juventus Women win the Italian Cup!
AS Roma may have taken the league this season but Juventus got them back in the Women’s Italian Cup with a 1-0 victory. The two sides went back and forth through the first half making both goalkeepers work, Peyraud-Magnin for Juventus having to make 3 stunning saves to keep the game even at nil.
Both teams kept up the heavy attack in the second half, making most of the runs down the right attacking side of the pitch neither club let up in their attack. The two keepers in this match were truly put to the test but no one was letting up.
It took stoppage time to decide a victor in this match. In the 93rd minute, Lisa Boattin sends a 50/50 ball into the box, where Barbara Bonansea goes up and heads the ball down, bouncing it into the left side of the goal. The late goal decided the match as the final whistle blew two minutes later. It was a fantastic back and forth match to end the season, and Juventus Women, although coming in second in the league, get to leave on a high note winning the Italian Women’s Cup.