On Sunday, 12 September 2021, a new chapter was opened in the history of Borussia Dortmund. After months of preparation, video analysis, trial sessions and intense preseason work-outs, the BVB women's team played their long-anticipated first game in the Kreisliga A. In the end, coach Thomas Sulewski's side ran out 8-0 winners over BV Brambauer.
The Rote Erde stadium was well-attended, with 1,625 spectators in the stands, including first-team players Mats Hummels and Marcel Schmelzer as well as club President Dr. Reinhard Rauball, managing director Carsten Cramer and the head of the licensed player division Sebastian Kehl. "It was a very special experience: the first competitive game in history in front of so many fans - madness!" said a delighted BVB coach Sulewski after the game.
After the opening minutes, the Dortmund women put aside their initial nerves and took control of the game. Ann-Katrin Lau came close to the BV Brambauer goal with two attempts in the first ten minutes. The wingers, with Lau on the right and Heim on the left, posed a constant threat. In the 31st minute, Ana Louisa Zabell scored the first goal of the season with a volley from close range after a corner by Luisa Bergmann. Just eight minutes later, Heim gave herself a present for her 30th birthday with a powerful shot from the edge of the penalty area to make it 2-0. The Black & Yellows went into the dressing room at half-time with a two-goal lead. "You could see the pressure of playing in front of a crowd in the first half, we were super nervous," said Sulewski as he looked back to the opening period.
Things were much the same after the break, as the Black & Yellows pushed their opponents back into their own half. There was a let-off for Brambauer in the 54th minute, when Zabell struck the post with an effort from the left of the box. Then, in the 57th minute, Virginia Glänzer made it 3-0 with a magnificent shot from 18 metres out. Hannah Goosmann brought the fans to their feet again seven minutes later with a classic poacher's goal. Birthday girl Heim then made it 5-0 with a close-range effort. But still the team's thirst for goals was not quenched: Lau rewarded herself for a strong performance with a fantastic shot from the right - 6-0! Zabell also demonstrated her long-range prowess with a second goal in the 88th minute. Captain Lisa Klemann then made it 8-0 in the 90th minute, putting the cherry on top of an outstanding start. "In the second half we played with greater ease and scored the goals. In the end, the win was deserved," concluded Sulewski.
BVB: König, Becker, Goosmann, Bergmann (61, Rogge-Herper), Heim (76, Höhl), Lau (76, Herbig), Gerres (46, Prinzen), Jung, Klemann, Glänzer, Zabell
Goals: 1-0 Zabell (31), 2-0 Heim (39), 3-0 Glänzer (57), 4-0 Goosmann (64), 5-0 Heim (72), 6-0 Lau (76), 7-0 Zabell (88), 8-0 Klemann (90)