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Comfortable victory in Bergisches Land as BVB women beat Erkrath 5-1



The BVB women won their friendly away to Bezirksliga club SC Rhenania Hochdahl 5-1 (3-1) and are already in top form ahead of the resumption of their Kreisliga campaign in three weeks. “We were in the game very well from the start and got stuck into the challenges well. I liked the fact that we played very good football, that we looked for solutions and found them,” said a delighted BVB coach Thomas Sulewski of his team’s display.

The match against higher-division opposition started off with a chance for the home side, although BVB goalkeeper Lena Kölmel managed to deny the onrushing Erkrath striker. Dortmund’s first opportunity fell to Ann-Katrin Lau in the opening stages, only for Rhenania shot-stopper Lisa-Marie Brandt to make the intervention. A short while later a good chance fell to Carolin Kaul, who latched on to a Lau cross but dragged her shot narrowly wide of the target. But Lea Rogge-Herper then clinically converted a perfect cross from Vanessa Heim to put Borussia in front in the 11th minute of the match. The majority of the game, which was played in cold but sunny conditions, in the minutes that followed the opener took place in the middle third of the pitch. BVB had more possession of the ball but creativity was in short supply. A misplaced pass by Dortmund custodian Kölmel subsequently gifted Pauline Klingel an opportunity from a promising position which she comfortably slotted home (27). Only two minutes later, Rogge-Herper re-established the lead with her second of the game as she fired home Lau’s ball to put the Black & Yellows 2-1 up! A feint and a tidy left-footed strike from Heim in the 41st minute made it 3-1 heading into the interval.

Dortmund started the second period in control. Their play now had greater momentum and their attacks were carried out with more purpose. The majority of the threat came through the tireless Allegra Gerres and Lau down the right flank. But it was captain Lisa Klemann who initiated the fourth goal down the left. Following some lovely individual play, she cut the ball back precisely from the byline for Annika Billig to slot home (59). A shot on the turn from Kaul then handed the Black & Yellows a deserved 5-1 lead (62). Dortmund continued to push after the goal but did not create chances with the same consistency and largely failed to threaten Brandt in between the sticks for the Erkrath outfit. Rhenania Hochdahl could hardly relieve the pressure in the second period, as the visitors dominated almost at will. With five minutes remaining, Lau latched on to a perfect ball from substitute Luisa Bergmann but then failed to get the better of the well-positioned Brandt. With no further goals, the game finished in a 5-1 victory that was secured thanks to an improved second-half showing. “We went up another notched in the second half,” said a satisfied Sulewski.

BVB: Kölmel – Gerres (Pörteners, 61), Prinzen (Prinzen, 61), Jung, Klemann – Rogge-Herper (Bergmann, 61), Becker – Lau, Billig (Herbig, 76), Heim – Kaul

Goals: 0-1 Rogge-Herper (11), 1-1 Klingel (27), 1-2 Rogge-Herper (29), 1-3 Heim (41), 1-4 Billig (59), 1-5 Kaul (62)

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Source: BVB

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