SCOTT PETERSON - Sunday, July 29, 2012
Matt Taylor was the man of the match for Preußen Münster, scoring his second goal of the season to fire his team atop the German 3.Liga.
Preußen Münster 1 - 0 Cheminitzer FC
Matt Taylor was the match winner for Preußen Münster on Saturday, as the American went the distance and bagged his second goal in the young German 3.Liga season.
Just two weeks into the season, Taylor has wasted little time in endearing himself to fans and teammates alike, with a knack for goal that has made him invaluable to Münster's attack.
In the 9th minute, Taylor took advantage of a mistake in Chemnitz' rear ranks by simply continuing his run. Marcel Witze overran a low cross from the left, letting it skip all the way to Taylor, who was lurking at the far post; the striker reacted and pounced to put Münster up front.
Taylor should have added a third to his season tally in the 77th minute, but the Ohioan could not beat keeper Phillip Pentke a second time.
With all six points from two games, Münster sits atop the 3.Liga standings. On Friday, Taylor will look to score for the third time in as many games against Preston Zimmerman and Darmstadt.
SV Babelsberg 2 - 0 FC Darmstadt
Preston Zimmerman got the start and played the full 90, but fell with Darmstadt to Babelsberg on Saturday.
Zimmerman was included in head coach Kosta Runjaic's starting 11 for the second consecutive week, but for the second time in as many games, Darmstadt could not find the back of the neck.
Aaron Berzel put Babelsberg in front in the 33rd minute, as the central defender beat his marker to get onto the end of a free kick and head the ball home.
Babelsberg put the game away in the 67th minute when Süleyman Koc reacted quicker than the defense to meet a cross with his right boot and close out the day's scoring.
Just before time was called, Christian Essig was sent off for violent conduct stemming from a nasty two-footed tackle.
Darmstadt's next chance at victory comes on Friday against Preußen Münster.
Stüttgarter Kickers 0 - 0 SV Wehen Wiesbaden
Royal Dominique Fennel made his second start for the Kickers from Stüttgart on Saturday, as the Swabians squandered not one, but two penalties to gift Wiesbaden a point.
Fennel was paired with German Julian Leist in central defense for the second week in a row by head coach Dirk Schuster, with both putting in another full day's work.
In the 15th minute, the home team was awarded a penalty when Jeff Gyasi fouled Marco Grüttner in the box. The aforementioned Leist, however, got under the spot kick, sending it over the bar to let Wiesbaden off the hook.
In the 73rd minute, Grüttner was brought down yet again in the box, but Wiesbaden keeper Michael Gurski stuffed Marcos Alvarez' penalty to keep the game scoreless.
Fennel and Stuttgart take on Heidenheim on Saturday.