After last week's disappointing 4-1 loss to FFC Frankfurt, manager Thomas Wörle demanded a proper response from his team to get back on a positive track. Falling too far behind Turbine Potsdam and Frankfurt would not spell good things for FC Bayern heading into the international break.
FC Bayern Frauen were on the attack early and felt they should've had a penalty after nine minutes. Leonie Maier made a slalom run through the Leverkusen defense on the right side of the field and found her way into the box. It appeared that she was tripped up in the area by Kathrin Hendrich, but the referee waved for play to continue.
In the 31st minute, Hendrich brought out a big save from Kathrin Längert after a ball was played teasingly across the front of the Bayern goal. A minute later, Bayern took the lead. Katharina Baunach sent a free kick into the box which was headed on target by Amber Brooks. Leverkusen goalkeeper Lisa Schmitz tipped the ball onto the crossbar, but Sarah Hagen was on hand to touch the ball into the back of the net to give Bayern the 1-0 lead.
Both sides exchanged chances in the second half, but it was Hagen that struck first. Maier played a ball over the top behind the Leverkusen defense. Hagen ran onto the ball and put her shot past Schmitz for the 2-0 advantage. Clara Schöne nearly added another goal a few minutes later, but Schmitz made a great foot-save to keep it only a two goal lead for FC Bayern.
The victory puts FC Bayern in third place in the Frauen Bundesliga. They sit on 13 points just one back of leaders Potsdam and Frankfurt. They're off for two weeks due to the international break, but will return to the field on November 3 against FF USV Jena.
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