The Week at FC Bayern Frauen | Two Match Recaps

Matthias Kern

Americans powered the Bayern-Mädels to victory again with goals coming from Amber Brooks and Sarah Hagen to help a short-handed team grab three points away from home against Essen on Thursday, and the American duo scored in the team's victory over BV Cloppenburg four days later as well.

FCB Frauen's English week continued with a trip to Essen on Thursday afternoon after their thorough 7-0 annihilation of Crailsheim in the Pokal.

After just six minutes, Bayern were sent into the lead by an Amber Brooks goal.

In the 21st minute, Essen drew level with via an Irini Ioannidou equalizer, and directly after the goal, Bayern took the lead right back through a Sarah Hagen strike.

Bayern's defense held strong in the second half and preserved the lead to take home a valuable three points.

Back in Munich, the team kicked off the festivities of the final weekend of Oktoberfest with a solid win over newly-promoted BV Cloppenburg at the Grünwalder Stadion.

The opposition played the match very ambitiously and were rewarded with two goals in the first half, each to pull even with Bayern at 1-1 and then 2-2. Their goals were from Nina Brüggemann and former Bayern player Mandy Islacker in the 18th and 32nd minutes, respectively. Both of Bayern's first half goals were from in-form Amber Brooks in minutes 11 and 27.

The second half was much more one-sided, with Bayern taking the match directly to Cloppenburg. Vanessa Bürki scored the go-ahead goal in the 66th minute, which opened up the match enough for Sarah Hagen to score three minutes later and for Ricarda Walkling to put the finishing touches on the 5-2 win at the death. Before Bürki's strike, the previous 10 Bayern goals had been scored by Americans over the last week of play.

The victory means the Mädels are now tied atop the Frauen-Bundesliga table with Turbine Potsdam at 10 points each.

Next week Bayern travel to FFC Frankfurt, who, at 8 points, could overtake Bayern with a victory.

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