No. 4 Wake Forest Thwarts High Point in Double OT
Sept. 19, 2017

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- It took two overtime periods and more than 20 shots, but the 25th attempt found the back of the net for No. 4 Wake Forest in a 1-0 win over High Point at Spry Stadium on Tuesday night.

Justin McMaster took control of a loose ball and dribbled down the right sideline, sending a cross to the feet of Jon Bakero, who earned the far-post finish for his fifth goal of 2017 and 11th-career game-winner at the 104:01 mark.

"Justin McMaster came on right at the end of first overtime and gave us energy, and continued that into the second," head coach Bobby Muuss said. "He found a knockdown at midfield and went on a bit of a run, he used his freshness and athleticism, gets to the endline. I think three guys could have finished it but he picked out Jon. Great ball and great finish. When it wasn't our night in front of goal, we got the goal when we needed it, so we're extremely happy."

The Demon Deacon (7-1-0) defense was dominant once again, conceding just two shots and no on-target attempts in the third-straight shutout for Andreu Cases Mundet. Wake Forest has now gone 358:53 without conceding a goal, the fourth streak of 300-plus shutout minutes in three seasons for Bobby Muuss.

High Point's (2-3-2) Ryeong Choi was handed a straight red card in the 99th minute for a hard foul, so the Deacs played a man up in the second overtime period when they notched the game-winner.

Wake Forest had several good looks just miss throughout the night. In the 98th minute, Luis Argudo took an upper-90 attempt deflected away by HPU keeper Keegan Meyer, who made seven saves.

Omir Fernandez had a near-post attempt ricochet off the post in the 75th minute, and a Steven Echevarria shot snuck past the keeper before a defender cleared it away at the goal line in the 61st minute.

"Give credit to High Point," Muuss added. "I thought they were extremely organized. They worked extremely hard blocking shots, clearing balls off the line, big-time saves. I give credit to Coach O'Keeffe and his group, I thought they did a very good job to disrupt us. We found a way to win. We say that we don't win or lose - we learn. It's a little bit easier to learn after wins - you feel a little bit better about yourself. We'll definitely learn from this experience."

Wake Forest hits the road on Saturday, traveling to in-state foe NC State for a 7 p.m. game on ACC Network Extra.