No. 2 Deacs Top Rutgers, 5-1, in Season-Opener
Aug. 25, 2017
Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The No. 2 Wake Forest men's soccer team opened the year with a 5-1 victory over Rutgers behind four second-half goals at Spry Stadium on Friday night.
In his collegiate debut, Brandon Servania led the Demon Deacons (1-0-0) with six points on two goals and two assists, while senior captain Jon Bakero added a goal and career-high three assists to match his career-high with five points.
The win was Wake Forest's biggest margin of victory in a season-opener since taking down UCF, 5-0, in 2006.
Servania scored on Wake Forest's first shot of the season in the sixth minute. Bakero blocked an attempted clear by the keeper and settled it down before passing to Servania for the finish.
Erik Sa knotted the game at 1-1 for Rutgers (0-1-0) in the 42nd minute, converting a free kick from just outside the box to tie the game heading into the break.
Servania notched the game-winner early in the second half, as Bakero found Steven Echevarria on a one-touch pass in the box, who then crossed it to Servania for the finish and a 2-1 lead in the 50th minute.
Wake Forest scored again 49 seconds later. Servania's service on a corner found Gdula streaking far post, who tapped it in for his first goal in three years in Winston-Salem.
In the 55th minute. Servania and Bakero connected for the third time, this time with Bakero putting on the finishing touch to increase the lead to 4-1.
Chol added a fifth goal in the 66th minute. After Bakero sent a through ball to Justin McMaster, the freshman found Chol along the left side, who beat the keeper for the Deacs' final score.
Wake Forest held a 19-5 advantage in shots, 10-1 margin and shots on goal, and 9-2 lead in corner kicks.
Andreu Cases Mundet (1-0-0) improved to 7-2 all-time in goal with the victory, while Rafael Pereira made four saves in the loss for Rutgers.
The Deacs are back in action on Sunday, playing host to No. 12 Providence at 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
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