Aug. 13, 2014
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - UCF sophomore forward Lena Petermann will be spending a little more time up north after her home country of Germany advanced out of the group stage to the quarterfinals in the U20 Women's World Cup on Tuesday evening.
With the squad's 5-1 comeback victory over Brazil, Petermann and the Germans are the top seed out of Group B and will face host Canada on Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN3 in Edmonton for a chance at a semifinal berth.
"It feels good to advance," Petermann said. "It was a very tough group -- everyone could have advanced to the next stage. Each team has its quality. Now, we are very positive about our next game."
Petermann started all three games over the last week and scored the game-winner against the U.S. in the opening match, becoming the first NCAA student-athlete of 2014 to score at the tournament.
"The game was special, that's for sure, but scoring in the first game and especially against the U.S. was a big step to our success," Petermann said. "That game was very important for us."
A native of Otterndorf, Germany, she has also represented her country at the 2010 and 2011 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championships and the 2010 FIFA U17 Women's World Cup. She also recently was called upon to join the U-20 team for the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, this past March.
Should the squad advance to the championship game, Petermann will only miss UCF's season-opening weekend matchups at Florida Gulf Coast (Aug. 22) and home against Miami (Aug. 24) before returning to the reigning American Athletic Conference champions.
Petermann was an integral part of UCF's offense last season with eight goals and four assists to her name. She emerged as the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year and was named to the American All-Conference First Team, All-Rookie Team and All-Tournament Team. She helped the Knights clinch the league's regular season and tournament championship titles and was also part of a school-record 18-match unbeaten streak.
Germany has won the tournament on two occasions and are looking to lift the trophy for the first time since 2010.