Semifinal Stunner

Aug. 21, 2014

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By Jenna Marina

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - UCF women's soccer forward Lena Petermann couldn't have found a better time to come through for her home country of Germany in the FIFA U20 World Cup.

After scoring the game-winner in the 65th minute of Germany's tournament-opening match against the United States on Aug. 5, the native from Otterndorf waited patiently to find the back of the net again as her team continued to advance.

That all changed in the 81st minute of Wednesday's semifinal against a talented France squad as Petermann chipped in the game-winning goal to send her squad to Sunday's championship final against Nigeria.

"I couldn't believe it," Petermann said of her goal. "I can't find the right word to describe it, but this was a very important goal. France was really good, and it was a tough game. They had good chances, but at the end we could save the 2-1 and prevent overtime."

Germany will look to capture its third U20 title at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on Sunday at 7 p.m. live on ESPN3 with a delayed airing on ESPNU at 11:30 that same night.

"It feels amazing," Petermann said of Germany's championship berth. "We showed that we can handle each team because we probably had the toughest road to the final. It's important that we work as a team like we always have. I think we need to have a better offensive play than we had against France, but we can do it."

Petermann has started all five matches. With her goal against the U.S., she became the first NCAA student-athlete of 2014 to score at the tournament.

She has previously 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.

Following Sunday's final, Petermann will return to the reigning American Athletic Conference champions in time for their road trip to Texas next week.

Petermann, who was selected as the 2014 American Preseason Player of the Year, 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.



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