One day after qualifying for the semi-final of the Westfalenpokal, the BVB women drew 1-1 (0-1) in a friendly away to Fortuna Düsseldorf. In parallel, the U17 girls lost 1-0 (1-0) against SV Fortuna Freudenberg in the B-Junior women's Westfalenpokal.

"It was our aspiration to win the match, so we're frustrated that we have to settle for a draw. But considering we've played two games in the space of two days, it's okay," said BVB coach Thomas Sulewski following the 1-1 stalemate away to Kreisliga outfit Fortuna Düsseldorf.

His team found themselves up against a very motivated opponent at the Paul Janes Stadium, meaning that Borussia needed a quarter of an hour to get into the game. But one of their first good attacks led to the opener: Mandy Reinhardt was played through nicely and although Fortuna keeper Tabei Burgmeir saved her shot towards the corner, the alert Lea Herper had made the run too and slotted home to make it 1-0 (20). Two further good opportunities to double the lead were then spurned by Reinhardt, who lobbed over the goal, and Hannah Geldschläger, who hit the post.

Herper had the chance to make it 2-0 on the volley after the interval, but keeper Burgmeir made the stop. Instead, the equalising goal came at the other end when a shot from range by Eliza Bivolaku flew past the hands of Lena Kölmel and into the net (62). After the leveller, Sulewski brought on three new faces in attack and his team continued to set the tone but did not have any luck in front of the opposition goal. "We moved the opponent and the ball about well but were simply not compelling enough in the box," said Sulewski as he reflected on the pros and cons of the performance.

BVB women: Schröer (Kölmel, 46) – Greulich, Haslsteiner, Glänzer (Jung, 46), Geldschläger (Gomulka, 46) – Becker – Tan (Bedarf, 64), Herper (Grothe, 64), Kaul (Herper, 81), Kuhl (Naceva, 64) - Reinhardt 

Goals: 0-1 Herper (20), 1-1 Bivolaku (62)

Cup defeat for the U17 team

There was a first for the Borussia Dortmund U17 girls' team on Sunday: as the current Kreispokal winners, they made their first appearance in the Westfalenpokal. Their opponents were the title-holders from the Siegen-Wittgenstein district – SV Fortuna Freudenberg. The Borussia girls struggled to get into game in front of a home crowd at the Football Academy and rarely threated the opposition goal. "We never settled into our game due to too many misplaced passes in the first half," said U17 coach Marc Liesler. The Black & Yellows went in at half-time 1-0 down after Amy Cheyenne Gieseler had fired the visitors from Freudenberg into a 21st-minute lead.

It would remain the only goal of the day: the BVB girls visibly toiled away in the second period but never really gained control over the match. Instead, they relied on BVB keeper Isabell Schiffers to avoid falling further behind in the closing stages. "In terms of physical presence, our opponents were not only on our level, they were superior. We saw what we still need to progress through to the next round. Freudenberg are deserved winners today," summarised Liesler.

BVB women U17s: Schiffers – Tenkhoff, Schrämmer (Campbell, 54), Ebstein (Grönebaum, 67), Limkou (Duranville, 60), Berge, Doronin (Frimpong, 54), Dahlbuedding, Steinweg (Braun, 75), Homann, Dewender 

Goals: 0-1 Gieseler (21)

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