Roma Women got their third season in Serie A Femminile underway with a 1-1 draw at Sassuolo on Sunday.
It was the first time Roma haven’t lost on the opening day, but wasn’t the win they were hoping for.
Nonetheless, it gave new signing Paloma Lazaro the chance to score her first goal for the club.
Netting just 20 minutes into her debut, Lazaro has opened her account for the club quicker than any other player has done so far.
She follows Annamaria Serturini and Martina Piemonte in scoring on her debut, and Lindsey Thomas in scoring on her first start.
Here are the 10 players to get off the mark most quickly in Roma’s short time in women’s football so far.
10. Manuela Giugliano – 281 mins (4 games)
Scoring 11 minutes into her fourth Roma start, Manuela Giugliano took virtually no time to announce herself in the capital. The Italy international was one of the highest-profile signings of summer 2019, and she certainly showed her class.
While Giugliano’s main role as a midfielder was to set up goals, she proved to be capable of scoring them herself too. Her debut strike came against one of her former sides, Hellas Verona, in a 4-0 win in October 2019.
It was a memorable goal, too. Giugliano showed her quick instincts by taking one touch and then letting fly from outside the box to send the ball into the net.
9. Amalie Thestrup – 266 mins (3 games)
Amalie Thestrup ultimately struggled to reach the goalscoring standards she had set in Denmark that had earned her transfer to Roma, but still managed to get off to a good start.
Coming off the bench, Thestrup scored four minutes before the end of an October 2019 win over Hellas Verona. It was the first of her three goals in Serie A.
8. Flaminia Simonetti – 202 mins (3 games)
Roma’s highest scoring central midfielder in their first season in women’s football was Flaminia Simonetti. Representing her hometown club, it took Simonetti just three games to get off the mark.
She came off the bench to score a stoppage time equaliser against Tavagnacco, which gave Roma their first ever point at home.
7. Andressa Alves – 176 mins (4 games)
After joining Roma in 2019, Andressa Alves eventually transitioned into a central midfield role. The winger showed she could not just make an impact from a deeper position, but thrive there.
It was from that position that the Brazilian got her first goal in Italy. Andressa set Roma on their way to victory against Tavagnacco by converting a penalty inside 10 minutes.
She would go on to score several more goals – both from the spot and open play – throughout the remainder of her debut season in Rome.
6. Maria Zecca – 148 mins (5 games)
Gametime has been hard to come by for Maria Zecca in her time at Roma. However, the Coppa Italia has given her a chance to impress on occasion.
The USA-born forward scored Roma’s second goal in a 6-3 win over Roma CF in January 2019. It was only her second start for the club, and she got into the right place at the right time to open her account.
5. Martina Piemonte – 80 mins (1 game)
Roma’s striker in their first season, Martina Piemonte became the first player to score for the club in open play in Serie A Femminile. The Italian scored with 10 minutes to go in the club’s first ever league fixture, but it was just a consolation in a 3-2 loss to Sassuolo.
Piemonte endured mixed fortunes for the rest of the campaign, finishing her Roma career with six goals from 22 appearances.
4. Andrine Hegerberg – 74 mins (2 games)
The addition of Andrine Hegerberg in 2019 was a big step forward for Roma. She made a difference by providing a goal threat from midfield.
While her sister Ada is more famous for her goalscoring exploits, Andrine showed the ability in front of goal runs in the family. The Norwegian scored the first of four Serie A goals when netting in her second appearance for the club, a 2-0 win over Fiorentina in September 2019.
3. Annamaria Serturini – 59 mins (1 game)
No player has scored more goals for Roma Women than Annamaria Serturini – and it was the Italian winger who scored the club’s first ever goal in Serie A Femminile.
Roma lost 3-2 to Sassuolo that day in September 2018, but Serturini scored a penalty just before the hour-mark to kickstart her prolific season.
She finished the 2018-19 campaign with 11 goals in Serie A, making her the only player so far to reach double figures in a single league campaign for Roma (although Lindsey Thomas may have repeated the feat if last season had been completed).
2. Lindsey Thomas – 56 mins (3 games)
Roma’s top scorer last season, and the foreign player with the most goals overall in the 2019-20 edition of Serie A Femminile, Lindsey Thomas began to blossom in her debut year in Italy.
Always a threat in front of goal thanks to her great positional sense, dribbling ability and finishing technique, Thomas gave the first glimpse of her talent on her first start, when she scored 11 minutes into the 4-0 win over Empoli in October 2019.
It was the start of things to come, as Thomas soon soared up the goalscoring charts for Roma.
1. Paloma Lazaro – 20 mins (1 game)
Lazaro’s Roma career certainly started on the right note – and not just because of her debut goal. The former Fiorentina forward led the line well for her new side, establishing herself as a focal point.
She opened the scoring with a looping header that was too well-placed for the keeper to reach. It’s a sign that Lazaro could give Roma a new element with her strength in the air.
After making a positive first impression, Lazaro will now be looking to kick on.
Note: Since the publication of this article, Alessandra Massa has overtaken Lazaro by scoring four minutes into her Roma career. In addition, Osinachi Ohale has moved into fifth place by scoring after 59 minutes, and Emma Severini into sixth, scoring after 65.