The Borussia Dortmund women’s football team have underlined their title aspirations with a statement victory. A 10-0 win in their table-topping clash with second-placed VfL Senden was a demonstration of power from Sulewski’s charges. Striker Mandy Reinhardt stood out with three goals and two assists.
“That was the strongest opponent in the league,” said coach Thomas Sulewski, as he kicked off his analysis. The fact it still ended 10-0, the biggest win of the season, was mainly due to a top start, a great crowd and “the girls, who just really went for it”.
The 432 spectators saw a BVB side that made one change to the previous week: Mia Macarena Bedarf was replaced by Lea Rogge-Herper, who played a decisive role in the opener. Her clever one-two with Ann-Katrin Lau bypassed the high press from the visitors and Mandy Reinhardt had no problems steering Lau’s cross into the far corner (3). Within minutes, the advantage had been doubled. A long kick downfield from Sandra Schröer was brought under control by Marie Grothe, who cut into the penalty area and played a square ball to tee up Mandy Reinhardt for another cool finish. “The opponent gave us room which meant that we were able to impose our game and play into the space well,” said Rogge-Herper, analysing the opening stages.
The women from Münsterländ subsequently sat slightly further back and did not offer the Black & Yellows so much space. The third goal instead came from a corner, which Senden did not clear properly and landed at the feet of Marina Jung, who fired into the far corner (22). VfL remained courageous and competed, but without posing a threat for BVB keeper Schröer. Instead, it was the Black & Yellows who notched the fourth goal of the day. Following a perfect through-ball into space from Marie Grothe, Rogge-Herper fired the ball inside the near post from a tight angle (42).
Borussia continued to apply pressure and enjoy themselves in the second half. Mandy Reinhardt stood out in particular. She did such a good job of teeing up Rogge-Herper for the fifth (56) and Ana Louisa Zabell for the seventh (72) that her team-mates were left with simple tap-ins. In between, she scored the goal to make it 6-0 herself with a spectacular lob (61). “We didn’t want to let such a good opponent back into the game,” said coach Sulewski, who did not feel his team were in game management mode at any point.
The Borussia ladies sent the score into the double digits in the final quarter of an hour. Mia Macarena Bedarf scored with a lovely long-range shot from 30 metres out (79), before Ana Luisa Zabell took advantage of an opposition error to make it nine (84) and Marie Grothe drove home a low effort from the edge of the box to round off the scoring (88).
The women’s team will play at the BVB Evonik Football Academy again this coming Sunday. Their home game against Rot-Weiß Unna, which kicks off at 15:00 CET, presents them with an opportunity to take a decisive step towards becoming winter champions. “I of course hope that we can build on where we left off today. Going up against a former club at home is of course always something special,” said Lea Rogge-Herper, who laced her boots for Unna over a 15-month period.
BVB: Schröer – Hentrich, Jung, Rechenbach, Klemann – Becker (Zabell, 57) – Lau (Billig, 57), Grothe, Rogge-Herper (Bedarf, 57), Kuhl (Herbig, 81) – Reinhardt (Kaul, 81)
Goals: 1-0 Reinhardt (3), 2-0 Reinhardt (5), 3-0 Jung (22), 4-0 Rogge-Herper (42), 5-0 Rogge-Herper (54), 6-0 Reinhardt (61), 7-0 Zabell (72), 8-0 Bedarf (79), 9-0 Zabell (84), 10-0 Grothe (88)