BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, August 13, 2012
Royal Dominique Fennell scored his first goal of the season helping lead the Kickers to victory, while Matt Taylor and Preston Zimmerman played the full 90 for Munster and Darmstadt.
Stuttgart Kickers 4 - 1 VfB Stuttgart II
Royal Dominique Fennell started in defense and scored an equalizer to propel the Kickers to a derby day triumph on Saturday and give the Blues their first three points of the season.
Fennell made his fifth start in the defensive ranks of Stuttgart's more modest club, playing the entire 90 minutes for the 5th time as well.
The guests struck first in the 13th minute when Soufian Benyamina tapped home a rebound after Manuel Janzer's shot from the edge of the area caromed off of keeper Daniel Wagner.
The Blues struck back quickly, as Fennell fired home a spectacular drop kick under the crossbar in the 20th minute from 18 yards out.
Marco Grüttner put the home team ahead in the 45th minute after keeper André Weis and fullback Thomas Geyer were caught ball watching.
The Kickers doubled their advantage in the 54th minute with Mahir Savranlioglu heading home uncontested.
The game firmly in hand, the home team added a fourth in added time as Grüttner finished off a counter with a right-footed shot into a wide-open net.
After a weekend hiatus for Fennell and Stuttgart due to German Cup action, the Kickers travel to Osnabrück in two weeks.
Wehen Wiesbaden 2 - 2 Preußen Münster
Matt Taylor started in attack for Munster, who were reduced to 10 men before overcoming a two-goal deficit with two late goals to snatch a point.
Taylor had a chance to put Munster ahead after 27 minutes had passed, but his headed effort was pushed just over the bar.
Wiesbaden then struck three minutes later as Dominik Stroh-Engel profited from Zlatko Janjic's clever pass behind Munster's defense to slot home easily.
Stroh-Engel added a second in the 68th minute after he lost his marker to create space for a tap home volley from 7 yards out.
Things really turned bleak for Munster in the 80th minute when Stefan Kühne was shown his second yellow for a strategic foul to stop a Wiesbaden counter attack, but Amaury Bischhoff curled in a shot in the 88th minute from 28 yards to give Munster a lifeline.
Just two minutes later, Bischhoff turned provider as he floated a cross into the box that landed at Dominic Schmidt's feet.
The burly German pushed it past keeper Michael Gurski to steal a point.
Up next for Münster is a German Cup tie against Bundesliga club Werder Bremen on Sunday.
Wacker Burghausen 1 - 0 SV Darmstadt
Preston Zimmerman started up top for Darmstadt, but his team conceded a late goal to fall to Wacker Burghausen on Saturday.
After 60 minutes of uninspired soccer, Darmstadt had the game's first true scoring threat after Burghausen keeper Rene Vollath spilled Danny Latza's long range effort. The ball landed on Kacper Tatara's boot, but the Polish striker could not convert.
When all signs were pointing to a scoreless tie, the home team landed a lucky punch, as substitute Maximillian Thiel took advantage of confusion and disarray in the Darmstadt defense to score the game winner.
Up next for Darmstadt is a home match against Hansa Rostock in two weeks.