SCOTT PETERSON - Thursday, September 15, 2011
Amaechi Igwe started for Babelsberg and played the full match in a close defeat to Chemnitz, while Preston Zimmerman saw just over 20 minutes of playing time in a drubbing by Saarbrucken.
Chemnitz FC 2 - 1 Babelsberg 03
Amaechi Igwe played 90 minutes in defense for Babelsberg, who took the lead but dropped another close contest, this time to Chemnitz, to fall to 15th place in the standings.
Dietmar Demuth made only one change to Babelsberg's starting lineup, opting for Daniel Zacher in goal for the mistake-prone Marian Unger.
The guests came out flying and grabbed the early lead, scoring in the fifth minute after Benjamin Kauffmann scored his second game opening goal in as many games.
Babelsberg took the lead into the break, but could not keep it long after the interval. Babelberg's defender Matthias Rudolf tried to clear a sharply struck cross, but redirected it into his own net in the 48th minute to gift the hosts an equalizer.
Chemnitz then completed the comeback in the 65th minute when defender Marcel Wilke headed home a cross to give his team the 2-1 lead.
Babelsberg pressed for a late equalizer but failed to find the key to unlock Chemnitz' defense and suffered their first road loss of the year.
Igwe picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 66th minute, ruling him out of next week's game. Babelsberg host Rot-Weiss Oberhausen on Saturday.
FC Saarbrucken 4 - 0 SV Darmstadt
Preston Zimmerman who started the game on the bench for Darmstadt, was handed 20 minutes of second-half playing time but was neither able to make an impact nor prevent a blowout loss against Saarbrucken.
The scoring started in the 21st minute as Johannes Wurtz found himself unguarded in front of goal and banged in a right-footed shot past Darmstadt keeper Jan Zimmermann.
After grabbing the lead, Saarbrucken kept their foot on the gas pedal, but had to wait until the 66th minute to double their lead, when Sven Soekler found Christian Eggert with a cross in the box. The lanky defender had no difficulties nodding in from close range unmolested.
Darmstadt head coach tried to inject some offensive firepower into his team by bringing on Zimmerman for defensive midfielder Matthias Heckenberger in the 69th. All hopes of salvaging something from the game were put to bed just 10 minutes later as Marius Laux took a feed from susbstitute Manuel Stiefler to slot home after catching Darmstadt on the counter attack.
The guests piled the pain on Darmstadt in the 83rd minute with Wurtz notching the fourth and final goal, his second of the game.
Zimmerman and Darmstadt will hope to right the ship as they host Preussen Munster on Saturday.