Offense Rolls as No. 2 Deacs Beat Billikens, 4-1
Sept. 2, 2017

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ST. LOUIS -- Luis Argudo recorded his second-straight brace, scoring a pair of goals to lead No. 2 Wake Forest to a 4-1 road win over Saint Louis at Hermann Stadium on Saturday night.

The Demon Deacons (3-0-0) jumped out to a 3-0 lead and didn't concede a shot in the first half, en route to a third-straight dominating victory.

"We got goals when we needed them. We scored early and the game settled down, and then we talked bout it at halftime - the next goal was crucial - to get it so quick was huge," head coach Bobby Muuss said. "There are a lot of things to continue to work on. I know we're scoring right now, but we can't rely on that. We've got to get tighter defensively and we want to impose our game for longer periods of time, but it's a great road win."

Jon Bakero scored his third goal of the season in the 15th minute, taking a pass from Argudo and chipping it over the keeper's head to make the score 1-0.

The Deacs out-shot the Billikens (0-3-0) by a 11-0 margin in the first half, but only Bakero's attempt found the back of the net until Argudo scored twice in the opening minutes of the second half.

Logan Gdula's throw in found Bakero, who sent in a cross to Argudo for the finish on what proved to be the game-winner at the 50:09 mark.

Argudo scored again six minutes later, when a sequence of passes from Brad Dunwell and Brandon Servania found Argudo inside the box for the far-post finish to push the lead to 3-0.

SLU got one back in the 77th minute, with Lennart Hein heading in a Leo Novaes corner to cut the margin to 3-1.

But Thomas Menke put the game away two minutes later with his first-career goal. Bruno Lapa sent Menke on a breakaway, and he beat the keeper 1v1 to cap off the win.

Andreu Cases Mundet made one save in net to improve to 3-0-0. The Deacs out-shot the Billikens by a 23-4 margin.

"To be fair, Saint Louis is playing probably the toughest non-conference schedule in America. They're going to win a lot of games, and they're a difficult team to play against," Muuss said. "It's a different style that we haven't played, which I thought we were prepared for coming in, and the guys responded quite well. We need to be more disciplined top to bottom if we want to compete for trophies as we move forward, but I thought we improved from last week."

• A season ago, Saint Louis handed Wake Forest its only home loss of the season in the 2016 opener. Wake Forest went unbeaten at home (14-0-1) over the final 15 games at Spry Stadium.
• The games were similar statistically, with Wake Forest holding a 28-5 advantage in shots last year compared to a 23-4 margin this year.

• Through three games, Wake Forest has totaled 13 goals. Last year, it took 10 games to reach 13 goals.
• Three Deacons already have at least nine points each - Jon Bakero (3g, 4a, 10pts), Luis Argudo (4g, 1a, 9pts) and Brandon Servania (2g, 5a, 9pts). Last year, only four Deacs reached nine points all season.

• Senior Luis Argudo has discovered a new scoring touch in his final season, scoring four goals in three games.
• He entered the season with two total goals in his first three years - one as a freshman with Elon and one at Wake Forest last year.

• Wake Forest returns home to take on Georgia State on Tuesday at 7 p.m. before opening ACC play at Louisville on Saturday.