Germany defeats USA, 2-0, in opener

[UNDER-20 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP] Lena Petermann, a forward from USF, and Theresa Panfil scored second-half goals to give Germany a 2-0 win over the USA in the opening game of the Under-20 Women's World Cup in Edmonton. The game was rematch of the final two years ago when the USA won, 1-0. The two teams put 29 shots on target in an end-to-end game on Tuesday at Commonwealth Stadium.

USA-Germany: Highlights

Petermann, one of three German players who attend U.S. colleges, broke the scoreless deadlock in the end-to-end match in the 65th minute. After a turnover by Andi Sullivan in the German half, Petermann broke free and her pace was too much for the American defenders. Panfil finished with equal coolness in the 90th minute to put the game away.

Both the USA and Germany had plenty of chances, though the best ones fell to the Germans, the 2013 European runners-up behind France.

U.S. defender Katie Naughton cleared one German shot off the line with goalie Katelyn Rowland out of position, and Lina Magull couldn't believe her bad luck as she had a shot deflect off Naughton's foot and off the post.

Paris St. Germain star Lindsey Horan was the best U.S. player, but she had no answer for German goalkeeper Meike Kaemper, who finished with 16 saves. Rowland had 10 saves for the USA.

American Cari Roccaro and Magull were the only players who also played in the 2012 final in Japan. Kaemper was a back-up keeper two years ago. German senior national team star Melanie Leupolz, another eligible player from the 2012 team, was scratched from the U-20 World Cup because of an injury.

In other play on opening day, Ghana stunned host Canada, 1-0.

Aug. 5 in Edmonton, Alb.
USA 0 Germany 2. Goals: Petermann 65, Panfil 90.
USA -- Rowland; Amack, Roccaro, Naughton, Basinger; Lavelle, Sullivan (Baldwin, 74), Pugh; Purce (Green, 77), Horan, Jordan (Doniak, 46).
Germany -- Kaemper; Wilde, Rauch, Gidion, Knaak, Magull (Dallmann, 60), Panfil, Daebritz (Schermuly, 79), Dieckmann; Bremer, Petermann (Meister, 72).
10 comments about "Germany defeats USA, 2-0, in opener".
  1. Karl Schreiber, August 6, 2014 at 10:24 a.m.

    There’s a lot of room for improvement on the part of this U20 USWNT! After the strangest kick-off at a World Championship for players who are approaching the age of twenty years, one had to expect more weird stuff. Indeed, the team displayed a bizarre version of kick-and-rush soccer, almost completely void of smart midfield play with tempo changes etc, the basics. Rowland in goal and her left defender did pretty well. Almost all of the attacks in front of the German goal exhibited naïve soccer with no flashes of brilliance, not even from the player with a pro contract from PSG and often highlighted by the TV announcer, Horan.
    I never thought I would be compelled to be this critical of a US Women’s National Team. Is US college soccer that much out of sync with the international game? Have we become too complacent at the US national level? I sincerely hope our coaching staff can quickly mold this group into a team that can rise to the level of performance we expect from a United States Women’s National Team.

  2. Santiago 1314, August 6, 2014 at 12:04 p.m.

    @Karl, Unfortunately, Our once Dominating, Dynamic Women's Program is a Shadow of view itself... Granted that other Countries have improved, BUT, Instead of Developing more Attacking minded players, Over Coaching has Breed Out these players... No more Turning with the Ball("PLAY THE WAY YOU ARE FACING"!!!)..No more Taking On 1v1("PASS THE BALL").. You Watch ... In a few years we will be talking about US Women's team, Like Brazil is talking about there Men's team.. SAD!!!

  3. Karl Schreiber, August 6, 2014 at 1:26 p.m.

    @Santiago. Thanks. I agree with you, there is an alarming trend in that direction with our women's teams. Hopefully, somebody can turn that trend around! Sundhage did NOT do it. Good luck and success to the new coaching staff.

  4. kate bartlet, August 6, 2014 at 11:29 p.m.

    I agree our team lacked passing skills, but don't blame College soccer, US Soccer has become all about who you know to get called into camp. Those 11 starters were not the best in the country, they had best contacts and connections. Sorry but that is truth. Womens US Soccer had better look at their selections

  5. kate bartlet, August 6, 2014 at 11:35 p.m.

    US soccer will hype players, then when they don't work out, keep them on team, as if they are afraid to admit they are wrong. There needs to be a shake up at the top. Santiago is correct, if big changes are not made, US Women's soccer will deteriorate ....

  6. John DiFiore, August 7, 2014 at 1:06 a.m.

    Ooooo, that's not good. Didn't see the game, but, yea, based on the comments above, it sounds like we are about to "blink". I know Germany is the defending U20W champs, and it's only the first game, but still..
    @kate: what do you mean by shake up at the top? Sunil?

  7. Santiago 1314, August 7, 2014 at 9:20 a.m.

    @Kate... You are Right On.. Don't blame College, is Correct... It is already too late by then... Nowadays, The College Coaches only have to Pick from "Cookie Cutter" Players... Best Athlete, Most Predictable, Most Controllable, is what the Youth Divisions are Producing... "Pay for Play" (Scholarship Chase) has had an even more Disastrous effect on the Women's Game then the Men's ...We have Drummed the Creativity out of our Female Players... All the Players are the same and that is why the "Best Promoted " get Picked..

  8. Santiago 1314, August 7, 2014 at 9:22 a.m.

    P.S. Our Goalkeeper was Terrible...

  9. Rich Blast, August 7, 2014 at 5:35 p.m.

    USA team was tough to watch. Have they been coached by an American football coach, a kickball coach, or a soccer coach? This was a bunch of boot ball. The receiving skills and field awareness looked like a recreational soccer game. One case in point the so called midfielder was wide open to receive a lofted pass and kicked it immediately to Germany. There were no US players around where the pass ended up. Why not received it calmly and turn and start an attack.

    Lot's of grunting to see how hard and far the player could kick it. Surely, we can do better than that.

  10. Santiago 1314, August 7, 2014 at 6:53 p.m.

    @Rich..What I am afraid of is, we Can't do any better...All the Players are Being Trained in the same manner from u10 thru u18...Kick and Rush and DON'T THINK !!! Just do it the way "I" told you too...The young Boys, just say "Yes" and Go out and do whatever the Hell they want...The Young Ladies Just Shrink and Comply...Disgraceful Treatment of the Female Athletes...

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