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TOKYO, Japan - Penn State juniors Maya Hayes (West Orange, N.J.) and Taylor Schram (Canonsburg, Pa.) and Team USA earned an upset 1-0 victory over Germany to win the U-20 World Cup on Saturday morning. The USA lost to Germany by a count of 3-0 in group play earlier in the U-20 World Cup this year.
Kealia Ohai scored a 44th-minute goal to end Germany's record shutout streak en route to the USA's third World Cup crown in this tournament's history.
Hayes scored a total of four goals in this year's World Cup. She had a three-goal effort against Ghana in early group play. With an additional goal against China, Hayes increased her international goal total to 16. Hayes and Schram will now return to the Penn State program on Sept. 16 as the Nittany Lions host Wisconsin.
Hayes was the nation's most prolific scorer in 2011 and was a finalist for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, soccer's highest honor. Hayes led the nation with 31 goals and 70 points, while breaking numerous Penn State and Big Ten records in helping the Nittany Lions win their record breaking 14th straight Big Ten Championship. The sophomore phenom broke single-season record at Penn State for goals and points as well as breaking the school sophomore record for goals in a season by 10 and points record by 19. She also tallied nine game-winning goals, second at PSU and the most for a sophomore in a season.
Schram is coming off a stellar 2011 season, where she earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors. She tallied career-highs in goals (12), assists (12), points (36) and games started (24). Schram was just one of just six Nittany Lions in program history to tally double-digit goals and assists. In addition, she ranked second on team in goals, assists and points.
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