German Under-20 Women's World Cup hero Lena Petermann
has decided not to return to UCF for her sophomore
season. She plans to return to Germany and sign with a yet-to-be-determined Frauen-Bundesliga team.
“It was a hard decision to make, because I liked being here at UCF, but I
feel I need to take this opportunity,” Petermann said in a statement. “I will miss my teammates and my coaches, and I know they will continue to be successful.”
Petermann was a starter for Germany at the U-20 Women's World Cup and scored three game-winners, including the lone goal in the title match against Nigeria.
UCF head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak
said she respects the decision of the 2013 American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.
“We obviously are sad
about Lena leaving, but we also don’t want to hold her back from this opportunity,” Roberts Sahaydak said. “She has dreams of playing in the 2015 World Cup, and I understand when
players want to pursue that goal because I had those same dreams as a young player. From my experience with the U.S. national team and playing in the World Cup, it’s an experience unlike any
other. So we wish her well, and I am confident that our team will continue to stay focused as we work toward accomplishing our goals this season.”
Petermann was selected as
this year’s AAC Preseason Player of the Year.