No. 1 Deacs Strike Early to Beat Hokies, 3-0
Nov. 5, 2017

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Top-ranked and No. 1 seed Wake Forest advanced to the ACC Championship Semifinal with a 3-0 win over ninth-seeded Virginia Tech at Spry Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Celebrating his 21st birthday, senior Jon Bakero scored twice, including the game-winner, to propel the Demon Deacons (16-1-1) through the ACC Quarterfinal matchup over the Hokies (9-9-0).

The Deacs scored twice in the opening four minutes for the first time in program history. At the 2:03 mark, a Brad Dunwell through ball and Brandon Servania cross set up a Bakero header for what proved to be the game-winning score.

Ema Twumasi found the back of the net less than two minutes later. He finished off a give-and-go with Servania inside the box at the 3:54 mark to put the Deacs ahead, 2-0.

The previous record for fastest two goals to start a game was in 5:25 against App State in 2007.

Bakero capped the scoring in the 48th minute for his third multi-goal effort of the season. A sequence of passes from Logan Gdula and Luis Argudo in the box set up a far-post one-timer from Bakero for his ACC-leading 13th goal of the season.

Wake Forest recorded its sixth-straight shutout, extending the team's shutout streak to 603:24 dating back to Oct. 6.

Andreu Cases Mundet was strong in goal, making four saves to earn his ninth shutout of the year. It was the first time he was forced to make more than one save in exactly two months since the team's 2-1 loss to Georgia State on Sept. 5.

• Senior Jon Bakero continued his climb in the Wake Forest record books with two goals on Sunday.
• In his career, he now has 93 points, which ties Jeremiah White (2000-03) for fourth all-time, leapfrogging Ben Stafford (1997-00) who was fifth with 91. He also passes Cody Arnoux (2006-08) for sixth in career goals with 34.
• For a season, Bakero jumps from a tie for ninth to a tie for fourth with 39 points. He matches Mark Erwin's mark of 39 for fourth, passing Arnoux (38 - 2007), Stafford (38 - 2000), White (37 - 2001) and Marcus Tracy (36 - 2008). His 13 goals tie him with Tracy (2008) for ninth in program history.

• With a pair of assists Sunday, Brandon Servania ties Jack Harrison's program record for assists by a Wake Forest freshman with 11 this season.
• That mark is also good for seventh-most in program history among all players.

• Wake Forest will now play fifth-seeded and ninth-ranked Clemson in the ACC Championship Semifinal on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m.
• The meeting will be a rematch of last year's ACC Championship game, which the Deacs won, 3-1. In the meeting between the Deacs on Tigers on Sept. 29 this year, Wake Forest claimed a 3-2 double-overtime victory.