Wake Forest topped Notre Dame 2-1 on Oct. 23, 2015, behind a goal in the 87th minute from Jon Bakero. Wake Forest has now won 12 games for the 17th time in program history and is on a nine-game unbeaten streak.
The Demon Deacons advanced to their second-straight ACC Championship game with a 2-1 victory over the Tigers in the semis.
First-Round Pick (Fifth Overall) by the Chicago Fire in the MLS SuperDraft
MAC Hermann Trophy Winner
Senior CLASS Award Winner
ACC Offensive Player of the Year
United Soccer Coaches First Team All-American
United Soccer Coaches First Team All-Region
First Team All-ACC
ACC All-Tournament Team
TopDrawerSoccer National Player of the Week (Oct. 10)
United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week (Oct. 17)
NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team
ACC All-Tournament Team
College Soccer News Player of the Week (Nov. 28)
TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week (Nov. 29)
Third Team All-ACC
Jon Bakero wrapped up his four-year Wake Forest career as one of the most decorated Demon Deacons in program history ... He became the third-ever Deacon to win the MAC Hermann Trophy, given to the top player in college soccer ... Bakero became the fourth Deacon to reach the 100-point mark in his career, also finishing tied for fourth all-time with 37 goals and sixth with 26 assists ... Started 80 of the 88 career games he played in, scoring a total of 16 game-winning goals.
Led all of NCAA Division I with 46 points on 16 goals and 14 assists in 23 starts ... Racked up hardware, including the MAC Hermann Trophy, Senior CLASS Award, First Team All-American, ACC Offensive Player of the Year and two National Player of the Week honors ... Served as a team captain ... Led the team with six game-winning goals ... Was the first Division I player since 2003 to record at least 16 goals and 14 assists in a season ... His 46 points rank second in program history, and the most since 1983 ... His 16 goals rank tied for fifth all-time, while his 14 assists are third-most ... Scored in more than half (13) of Wake Forest's 23 games, of which he started all of them ... Notched two-goal games against Longwood (Oct. 10) and Virginia Tech twice (Oct. 14/Nov. 5) ... Had multi-assist efforts against Rutgers (three - Aug. 25), App State (Sept. 12) and NC State (Sept. 23) ... Game-winning goals came against High Point (Sept. 19), No. 4 North Carolina (Oct. 6), Virginia Tech (Oct. 14/Nov. 5), No. 5 Clemson (Nov. 8) and Columbia (Nov. 19) ... Also scored against Rutgers (Aug. 25), No. 12 Providence (Aug. 27), Saint Louis (Sept. 2), No. 8 Louisville (Sept. 9), South Carolina (Sept. 26), and No. 19 Butler (Nov. 26) ... In addition to his six game-winning goals, he assisted on seven others ... Scored five goals in six ACC and NCAA postseason games.
Started all 25 games Wake Forest played and scored seven goals on the campaign to finish second on the team in the category ... Also notched four assists, which tied for first on the year, and 18 points ... Scored four goals during the regular season against Duke (Sept. 16), FIU (Sept. 20), Boston College (Oct. 22) and Syracuse (Oct. 28) ... Came alive in the NCAA Tournament in scoring both goals in the Deacs' 2-0 victory over SIUE (Nov. 27) in the Sweet 16 before scoring the first goal of the game in the seventh minute in the College Cup semifinals against Denver (Dec. 9) ... Was named College Soccer News Player of the Week Nov. 28 and Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week Nov. 29 after his two goals against SIUE ... Assisted on Hayden Partain's game-winner against Virginia (Sept. 10) in overtime and assisted on Ema Twumasi's game-winner in the ACC Semifinals against Louisville (Nov. 9) in overtime ... Earned ACC All-Tournament Team honors for his performance in the Deacs' run to the first ACC title in 27 years and picked up NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team honors ... Was No. 18 on the list of Top 20 players in the ACC, according to Top Drawer Soccer's midseason list.
Appeared in all 22 games, starting 21 of them ... Notched career highs with eight goals and six assists for 22 points ... Earned Third Team All-ACC recognition ... Was named ACC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 29 and Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 27 ... Tallied a season-high three points against Davidson with a goal and an assist ... Recorded a career-high two assists in the regular-season finale against Louisville (10/30) ... Lifted Wake Forest past Charlotte (11/22) in the Second Round of the NCAA Championship when he scored in the 83rd minute of a scoreless game to give the Deacs a 1-0 win ... Tallied the game-winning goal on Oct. 23 in the 87th minute against Notre Dame to keep the unbeaten ACC season alive ... Scored three game-winners on the season, the third coming against Davidson (10/27) ... Ended the season tied for 31st in program history in goal scored with 14.
Had a standout freshman season ... Was tied for the team lead in goals with six ... Tallied two assists and had 14 total points ... Four of his six goals were game-winners ... Started his first collegiate game vs. No. 4 UCLA (8/29) ... Recorded his first assist against Akron (9/3) ... Scored his first career goal against Duke (10/3) which was voted the TopDrawerSoccer.com 'Goal of the Week' ... Scored two goals in the win over Boston College (10/17) ... Added two goals in the following game against Howard (10/21) and was named the ACC Player of the Week ... Scored the game-winner in the 2-1 victory at Virginia (10/24) ... Played all 110 minutes at Clemson (11/9) in the ACC Tournament ... Played against UMBC (11/20) in the ACC Tournament.
Attended the International School of Barcelona ... Played for the club team CF Blanca Subur ... League Champions, Preferente Group 3 in 2013 and 2014 ... Club teammates with Antonio Sanabria who now plays for AS Roma ... Also attended the British School of Warsaw in Poland in 2010.
Born Nov. 5, 1996 in Barcelona, Spain to parents Jose Mari Bakero and Mariana Flor Gonnzalez ... Father, Jose Mari played for Real Sociedad (1980-1988), FC Barcelona (1988-1997) and Veracruz (1997) and played for Spain in the 1988 Euro Championship and in the FIFA World Cup in 1990 and 1994.