Former Knight Petermann to Play for Germany in Women’s World Cup

UCF Lena Petermann
Lena Petermann left UCF to play professionally back home in Germany in 2014. (Photo: UCF Athletics)

Lena Petermann, who played one season for UCF’s Women’s Soccer team in 2013, will suit up for her native Germany in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, according to a release from UCF.

Petermann won the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year award in 2013 after she posted eight goals and four assists. She was also named to the AAC’s All-Rookie Team and All-Tournament Team, and finished on the All-AAC First Team in her lone season at UCF. The Knights won the conference that season, but lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Petermann was expected to be a high-level contributor for UCF in 2014 after she returned from the FIFA U20 World Cup, where she scored three goals – all game-winners – including the cup-clinching tally in Germany’s 1-0 extra time victory over Nigeria in the final.

But after her breakout performance on the world stage, Petermann informed head coach Tiffany Roberts-Sahaydak that she would not be returning to UCF for the Fall of 2014, instead opting to accept a professional contract with SC Freiburg of the German Women’s League.

It should be noted that Roberts-Sahaydak is a former member of Team U.S.A., and owns both an Olympic Gold Medal from 1996 and a World Cup championship from 1999.

Petermann already has two caps for the German national team, and also played for the German U15 and U17 squads, and scored 19 goals at the U17 level over 2010 and 2011. If Petermann sees action during this year’s World Cup, she would become the first former UCF women’s soccer player to see action on the World Cup stage since the legendary Michelle Akers helped the U.S.A. to the title in 1999, alongside Roberts-Sahaydak.

The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be held in Canada (as was the U20 World Cup last year) at various sites from June 6-July 5. Germany is in Group B, and will begin play on June 7th against Ivory Coast. The Germans are the top-tanked team in the world, according to the FIFA rankings, just ahead of the U.S.A.

Germany won consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup titles in 2003 and 2007.