No. 4 Deacs Top Wolfpack behind Second-Half Surge
Sept. 23, 2017

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- No. 4-ranked Wake Forest took advantage of three second-half goals to beat NC State, 3-0, at Dail Soccer Field on Saturday night.

The Demon Deacons (8-1-0, 3-0-0 ACC) remain undefeated on the road and in ACC play by handing the Wolfpack (3-3-1, 1-2-0) their first home loss of the season.

Wake Forest also extends its shutout streak to four games and more than 400 minutes, dating back to the first half of a win at Louisville.

Luis Argudo notched his third multi-goal game of the season, while Steven Echevarria also found the back of the net. Jon Bakero recorded his NCAA-leading eighth and ninth assists of 2017.

"We started to enjoy our football, as we say, in the second half," head coach Bobby Muuss said. "We limited them from any dangerous chances. NC State played direct, and I thought we were prepared for that. Hats off to these guys, I thought we played our game for longer periods of the time and that was the difference."

After a scoreless first half, Argudo found the back of the net in the 58th minute. Bakero dropped a back-heel pass to Argudo, who dribbled in from the right side for the far-post finish for what proved to be the game-winner.

The Deacs then scored twice in a span of 20 seconds, the second-fastest two goals in program history. Echevarria headed in a Bakero cross at the 64:30 mark after a Sam Raben diagonal ball, and then at the 64:50 mark, an long over-the-top ball from Brandon Servania broke Argudo free for a left-footed near-post shot to cap off the scoring.

"We've had incredible depth this year," Muuss said. "For a senior captain in Echevarria to come off the bench and provide a spark has been huge more than once this year, and it's great to see him find the back of the net like he did tonight."

Andreu Cases Mundet made one save as he posted his fourth consecutive shutout. The Deacs held an 8-5 advantage in shots, including a 5-1 margin in shots on goal.

"We've let up around 10 shots total in the last four games, and two of those were in the ACC," Muuss added. "It starts with Kevin Politz and Sam Raben as our leaders back there, but you can't forget about Mark McKenzie and Michael DeShields stepping in, and the maturation of those two plus Eddie Folds and Logan Gdula on the outside. Their mentality to defend is what I'm most proud of the last few weeks."

Wake Forest returns to action with back-to-back home games against foes from South Carolina, beginning with the Gamecocks on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.