VfL Wolfsburg Women got their season off to a successful start on a special evening at the AOK Stadion. Playing in front of a crowd for the first time in over six months, the She-Wolves ran out 3-0 winners over SGS Essen in the FLYERALARM Women’s Bundesliga curtain-raiser. The 500 fans who were allowed in the stadium, in compliance with legal guidelines, saw a brace from Lena Oberdorf plus a goal from Lena Goeßling. Coach Stephan Lerch was without Sara Doorsoun, Fridolina Rolfö and Ewa Pajor through injury, but in spite of that the German champions produced a good display in the first match of the season to claim a deserved win. The reigning double winners head to Kraichgau for their first away outing of the campaign next Sunday, 13 September (kick-off 14:00 CEST), when they take on last season’s third-placed team TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
"Very successful start"
VfL coach Stephan Lerch: "What I saw tonight was a very confident and dominant performance from our team. We were at it from the very first minute. It was very nice – but also a bit unusual now – for us to hear the fan chants from the stands and to feel their support. That did us a lot of good. We dominated the opposition and had a lot of possession. It was a very successful start, especially since we didn't have much time to prepare, but now we can feel good about the game."
VfL Wolfsburg: Kiedrzynek – Hendrich (78‘ Cordes), Goeßling, Janssen – Huth (70‘ Popp), Engen (78‘ Blässe), Oberdorf, Rauch (61‘ Dickenmann) – Wolter, Bremer (61‘ Wedemeyer), Jakabfi
SGS Essen: Johannes – Klasen, Ostermeier, Feldkamp, Nesse – Senß – Baaß (86‘ Brecht), Markou (67‘ Lange), Baijings, Wamser (72‘ Laurier) – Anyomi
Goals: 1-0 Oberdorf (16‘), 2-0 Goeßling (49‘/pen), 3-0 Oberdorf (84‘)
Referee: Franziska Wildfeuer (Sereetz)
Attendance: 500 (sold out)
Yellow cards: Oberdorf / Feldkamp