CHAD WINGER - Sunday, June 3, 2007
Joe Enochs and his Lilywhites pulled off a win for the ages in the dying moments of the Regionalliga Nord season, while Luis Robles and Kaiserslautern II set a dubious record in the Süd.
VfL Osnabrück 2 - 1 Rot-Weiss Ahlen
Needing to overtake FC Magdeburg in the final match of the season, things looked bleak with nine minutes to go with visiting Ahlen up a goal and St. Pauli not helping matters to the east.
Plucky Osnabrück did not throw in the towel and in the 81st minute Thomas Cichon equalized from an Alexander Nouri corner kick to give the more than 18,000 in attendance some hope.
And with 60 seconds left in Osnabrück's season, Thomas Reichenberger sent the home fans into rapture by converting past Sebastian Völzow to give the VfL the last gasp win.
But all was not secure, as FC Magdeburg had three more minutes of injury time in which to get their own goal to beat St. Pauli, but after the agonizing 270 seconds elapsed Osnabrück was in back in the 2. Bundesliga after three seasons.
Enochs played the full 90 minutes in his customary defensive midfielder spot in the win.
SV Elversberg 0 - 2 Stuttgart Kickers
Stuttgart Kickers and David Yelldell played out the proverbial string by defeating compatriot head coach Brent Goulet's Elversberg in the final game of the Regionalliga Süd campaign.
Stuttgart and their hosts both were mathematically safe entering the match, leading to an open affair which eventually saw Brad Friedel's former understudy post the shutout behind goals from Bashiru Gambo and Angelo Vaccaro.
The Kickers finished the season in fourth place, one point shy of city rivals VfB Stuttgart II, while Goulet and his troops finish in ninth.
Kaiserslautern II 0 - 2 Sportfreunde Siegen
Luis Robles and FCK II entered the record books by completing a winless season, dropping their final match at home by a 2-0 count.
Robles, who had an excellent match, was helpless to stop the two second half strikes from Alexander Blessin and Nils Pfingsten.
The Red Devils, who earlier in the campaign featured now-Salt Lake midfielder Chris Lancos for 12 matches, head to the Oberliga with only ten points on the season - a full 21 points behind 17th place FK Pirmasens.
Robles, appeared in only seven matches for Kaiserslautern, now has options to explore as his short-term contract has now expired.
Benny Feilhaber and Preston Zimmerman missed HSV II's season ending 4-2 victory over Dynamo Dresden due to international commitments.
Ian Joy missed already-promoted FC St. Pauli's season ending one-all draw with FC Magdeburg.
Neither Steve Purdy nor Michael Mason participated in 1860 Munich II's steamrolling of Hessen Kassel by an 8-3 score. With the win, 1860 jump three places in the standings to avoid the drop to the Oberliga.