The Borussia Dortmund women’s football team won their Kreispokal semi-final against Landesliga outfit TV Brechten by a score of 5-0 (1-0). Marie Grothe was once again the stand-out performer, as she scored a hat-trick to send the Black & Yellows on their way to next Thursday’s final against league rivals Eintracht Dorstfeld. 

Borussia Dortmund are gunning for the treble: after winning the city-wide hall football championship and the Bezirksliga, the Black & Yellow women’s team now have the chance to claim the Kreispokal in the coming weeks. 

The defending champions started the semi-final with two changes to their backline from the game against Senden on Sunday. Lisa Klemann and Marina Jung came into the starting line-up to replace Denise Pörteners and Luisa Bergmann, who both moved to the bench. Right from the first kick of the ball, the Black & Yellows pinned their opponents back deep into their own half. A wave of attacks on the box left the Brechten defence struggling to hold back the tide. The first real effort on goal came in the 18th minute, as Virginia Glänzer fired a free-kick on goal from almost 30 metres out, which goalkeeper Carolin Laatsch did well to deflect onto the crossbar. 

But the Black & Yellows soon found themselves out in front through their first successful venture into the Brechten box. Ann-Katrin Lau was slipped into space down the right, she drove to the byline and played a pass inside to Marie Grother, whose shot took a light deflection on it’s way into the back of the net (23). The remainder of the first half saw little in the way of chances, as the Blue & Whites were able to keep BVB at arm’s length and repeatedly slow the pace of the game with minor fouls.

The semi-final at the BVB Evonik Football Academy was decided in the first 15 minutes of the second half. First, BVB’s high press was rewarded after Mandy Reinhardt intercepted the ball in build-up play and played it to Grothe, who drilled a powerful shot on target from 20 metres out. In the persistent drizzle, goalkeeper Laatsch was powerless to prevent the wet ball from slipping through her clutches and into the back of the net (49). Four minutes later, Laatsch failed to keep hold of a shot by Lau, Grothe pounced on the follow-up to make it 3-0. “Deflected. Luck. Good anticipation,” said a smiling Grothe after the match as she reflected on her hat-trick.

By the time Mia Macarena Bedarf netted after a beautiful assist from Mandy Reinhardt in the 58th minute to make it 4-0, the 384 spectators in attendance knew that the BVB women were comfortably on their way to another Kreispokal final. The final goal was scored by Mandy Reinhardt, who took advantage of another lapse in concentration by the TVB defence to bring the score to 5-0 (69). “We stayed calm, approached the game with physicality and determination and were very efficient in front of goal,” said Grothe as she summed up the win. Coach Thomas Sulewski was full of praise for his team, in which Julia Gödecke made her competitive debut when she came on as a substitute on the hour mark: “A mega performance. We dominated the game over 90 minutes and played some thrilling football in the second half to go 5-0 up.”

The final against Eintracht Dorstfeld will take place next Thursday, 18 May, at 16:30 CET at Sportpark Brechten. “We want to beat Dorstfeld for the third time this season,” said Sulewski as he looked ahead to the final in a week’s time.

BVB women’s football: Schröer – Hentrich, Jung, Glänzer, Klemann – Becker (82, Bergmann) – Lau (66, Kuhl), Grothe, Haslsteiner (59, Gödecke), Bedarf (78, Rogge-Herper) – Reinhardt

Goals: 1-0 Grothe (23), 2-0 Grothe (49), 3-0 Grothe (53), 4-0 Bedarf (58), 5-0 Reinhardt (69)