Gotta love the giant killers: Sarah Hagen inspired Bayern Munich past Frankfurt en route to a historic DFB-Pokal Cup win
Bayern Munich managed to revel in DFB-Pokal glory this weekend, but the victors weren’t the usual suspects. While the club’s men’s side got humbled by Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup final, its women’s team pulled off a mighty upset against FFC Frankfurt (highlights). The Bavarians remained resolute and compact against the holders. Frankfurt’s form has been infamously bipolar this season, and the club’s Mr. Hyde persona made an appearance on Saturday. The team seemed to revert to its former self and lacked much bite. Frankfurt’s lifeless performance is particularly worrying for its prospects in the Champions League final.
In contrast, Bayern Munich’s attack closed out the match with vim and vigor. Sarah Hagen’s free header gave the underdogs the surprise lead. Ivana Rudelic’s follow-up goal cemented Bayern’s shocking, and indeed historic, win. This marks the first time a team other than Frankfurt, Turbine Potsdam, or Duisburg has won the DFB-Pokal since 1997 – before the Frauen-Bundesliga era. Referring to Bayern Munich as ‘giant killers’ sounds ridiculous, but it holds true for the women’s side. This is Bayern Munich’s first major trophy; a fact not lost on the team, as evidenced in its post-match celebration. With the men’s team’s Champions League date with Chelsea to come, the 2011-2012 season could serve up a storybook ending for FC Hollywood.
It was mission accomplished for Albertin Montoya and his U.S. U-17′s. The team eked out a 1-0 win over Canada to win the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Guatemala. The U.S. also exacted some revenge on its regional rivals, avenging the loss that eliminated them from World Cup qualification two years ago. Amber Munerlyn’s 21st minute goal made the difference. She became the tenth different U.S. player to find the back of the net in the tournament. Summer Green lit up the competition with an unstoppable goal-scoring streak. Her record-breaking 12 goals managed to get some pub in her local paper. Meanwhile, Mexico hammered Panama 6-0 to clinch the final World Cup berth.
Kyah Simon produced a memorable performance on Mother’s Day as she led the Boston Breakers past DC United in cross-league play. Boston ran out 1-0 winners on the day. Simon spearheaded Boston’s attack with seven shots, five of which were on goal. The Breakers combined for 15 shots in all but DC United goalkeeper Didi Haracic weathered the storm. Haracic was subbed late and came off to a standing ovation. The Breakers have collected two wins from two games and will meet FC Indiana at home on Friday, May 18. For more on this match, check out Kevin’s firsthand report below.
A first half rampage propelled the New York Fury to a comprehensive 5-1 victory over the New England Mutiny. The stage was set for a memorable home opener, but the visitors stole the show. Former Texas A&M Aggie Merrit Mattias helped herself to a hat-trick that put the Fury up 4-0 before the halftime whistle. Jasmyne Spencer netted the second goal of the night. Mutiny coach Tony Horta tried to turn the tide in the second half. “I thought we got a little flat after the first goal, we got a little confused,” he said. “But I thought the second half with the information we gave them, they took it well. We made some adjustments and the game was even.” The Mutiny has a chance to right the ship next Saturday when they host the ASA Chesapeake Charge. Next weekend will see a reunion of sorts for the Fury as they meet the WNY Flash; foes in a different form.
The WPSL version of the WNY Flash will hope to live up to the franchise’s winning ways. The team got off to a sizzling start this weekend, brushing aside FC Indiana 4-1. Spanish international Adriana marked the proceedings with a hat-trick. The Flash snatched two goals before the 10th minute, and never looked back. The team outshot FC Indiana 15 to 1 and forced 11 saves. A modest-sized crowd of 1,304 turned out to watch the Flash’s home opener, which looks to be on par with other WPSL Elite Division teams.
The Pali Blues kicked off its W-League season in victorious fashion. Sarah Huffman’s second half brace powered the Pali Blues to a 2-0 win over the L.A. Strikers. The team will travel to Santa Clarita next Sunday with hopes of maintaining its 100 percent record.
Olympique Lyonnais are one step closer to capturing the treble. Lyon won its fourth French Cup Sunday with a 2-1 victory against Montpellier. Montpellier are perennial Coupe de France finalists, but couldn’t prevent Lyon from winning the trophy for the first time since 2008. Lotta Schelin’s first-half brace secured the win. Lyon will now cast their eyes on league play. They currently sit three points back from Juvisy with a game in hand and an astonishing +100 goal difference.