RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Matt Taylor scored to help Preußen Münster open the German season with a win, but Preston Zimmermann and Royal-Dominique Fennel could not help their clubs avoid faltering out of the gates.
Wacker Burghausen 0 - 2 Preußen Münster
Matt Taylor had a memorable debut for Münster as he started, played the full 90 and notched a goal just before the break to help see off Burghausen.
Taylor returned to the 3. Liga after a one-year sojourn with 2nd-division team SC Paderborn and wasted no time in finding his scoring acument after notching 17 two years ago for Ahlen.
But it was Taylor's strike partner Dima Nazarov who got on the scorer's sheet first, heading home a cross to put Münster in front after 12 minutes had elapsed.
Taylor added a second after Nazarov outmuscled his marker on the wing and found Taylor in the box. The Colombus, Ohio native finished coolly to send Münster into the break flying high.
Burghausen failed to mount any significant threat in the second half, and Taylor and Münster expertly managed the final 45 to secure all three points in an opening day victory.
Up next for Taylor and Münster is the home opener against Chemnitz on Saturday.
SV Darmstadt 98 0 - 0 SpVgg Unterhaching
Preston Zimmerman got the start in attack for Darmstadt, but was unable to add any spice to a drab opening day affair in Hessen.
Zimmerman got the start for Kosta Runjaic and went the distance for the Lilien of Darmstadt.
In a game that was low on intensity, highlights and attack, the 5300 fans in the Stadion am Böllenfalltor had to wait until the second half to see any clear-cut scoring chances.
And they were on the wrong side of the field for the faithful in lavender.
Florian Niederlechner nearly put the visitors from Munich in front, but couldn't slide the ball past keeper Jan Zimmermann's right foot.
The game's final chance of note came in the 63rd minute as Unterhaching's Sascha Bigalke took a corner that was slammed off the post.
Darmstadt and Zimmerman escaped unscathed as their fortune earned them a point. Next up for the Lilien is a Saturday trip to Babelsberg.
Hansa Rostock 2 - 1 Stuttgart Kickers
Royal-Dominique Fennel started in defense for the Stuttgarter Kickers, but a game effort from his team was squandered by conceding a late goal.
The 22-year-old Fennel made his 3. Liga debut for Stuttgart, manning the center of defense for the entire 90 minutes.
Kickers got on the board first to stun the 13,000 plus in the DKB Arena. Right back Bastian Evers sent in a cross from the right flank that skipped past Rostock's defensive ranks to striker Marco Grüttner, who had no problem whatsoever netting into an open goal in the 19th minute.
The home team pulled even in the 33rd minute with Denis Berger firing home from a set piece.
Rostock wasted a golden opportunity to take the lead before the break as Kicker keeper Daniel Wagner saved Mohammed Lartley's penalty in the 39th minute.
The second half didn't equal the first half in intensity or highlights, but it did contain a winner.
Just five minutes from fulltime, Rostock's Johan Plat got onto Berger's cross to head home from six yards out and send Stuttgart back down south empty handed.
Fennel and Stuttgart will look to build on a solid opening-day effort on Saturday as they take on Wiesbaden at home.