SpVg Berghofen III have become the latest team to fall to the Borussia Dortmund women. The Black & Yellows won 4-0 (0-0) thanks to a good second-half performance in the south of Dortmund, and remain at the top of Kreisliga A with a maximum haul of 12 points from four matches. "That wasn't our best game," analysed BVB coach Thomas Sulewski post-match, before quickly adding: "We were also very depleted and were without nine injured players. Nonetheless, we deservedly won in the end thanks to our better body language, greater attacking momentum and our good chance conversion."
After some tentative opening exchanges, the match – which was watched by a sell-out crowd of 260 – took a rougher turn. Berghofen took a physical approach and initially prevented the Black & Yellows from taking control. Annika Billig posed a threat in the Berghof penalty area for the first time in the 13th minute, but she could not find the target with her shot. That moment would serve as a catalyst for BVB, however. The Dortmund players applied pressure on the right flank in particular – though Ann-Katrin Lau initially could not pick out a team-mate with her passes.
After riding out a spell of pressure, the visitors had the game under control without really creating chances. Above all, they lacked vision in the centre and the necessary composure to build play in a structured manner. The half-time whistle sounded with the score goalless, leaving Sulewski dissatisfied with his team's display in the first half. "The team was not used to playing in that set-up; you could see that. But we found the right words in the half-time break."
That much was obvious, because the restart was perfect! Kimberly Becker took advantage of some space in the box and spectacularly curled the ball home for the much-celebrated opener (48). The Black & Yellows added another only four minutes later, with Hannah Goosmann rounding off some excellent link-up play for 2-0. "The goals right after half-time were important," said Sulewski. Lau then got her reward for a strong performance by heading home the third (55), then rounded off the win with a fourth exactly 10 minutes later. The SpVg goalie got her hands to the ball but was powerless to keep out Lau's powerful strike.
Dortmund subsequently kept the match under their control, with substitute Kaul missing from a promising position. Most importantly, the attacks in the second period were more purposeful and posed problems for Berghofen, who did not have a sniff of goal themselves. One of the standout performers was Lea Rogge-Herper, who did not shy away from any challenges and won back possession many times. In the end, it was a deserved 4-0 away win for the BVB women.
BVB: Schröer – Prinzen, Becker, Goosmann, Lau (Herbig, 79), Gerres, Billig (Kaul, 61), Herbig (Bergman, 46), Rogge-Herper, Fälker, Zabell
Goals: 1-0 Becker (48), 2-0 Goosmann (52), 3-0 Lau (55), 4-0 Lau (65)