BACK-TO-BACK: No. 1 Wake Forest Wins ACC Championship
Nov. 12, 2017

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- After a drought of more than two decades since its first title in 1989, Wake Forest men's soccer finally came through with its second ACC Tournament Championship in 2016. The Demon Deacons didn't wait nearly as long the next time around, winning their second-straight title in 2017.

Wake Forest (17-1-2) was handed a red card in the 43rd minute. For the next 67 minutes, the Demon Deacons' were a man down, backs against the wall. Still, Wake Forest fought Virginia (12-3-5) to a scoreless draw through two overtime periods, even holding an 8-3 advantage in shots the rest of the way.

The Cavaliers saved the first two Wake Forest attempts in the shootout, once again putting the Deacons' backs against the wall.

But ACC Championship MVP Andreu Cases Mundet stood strong, saving a Pablo Aguilar attempt to keep the Deacs alive.

Four straight makes from Bruno Lapa, Justin McMaster, Luis Argudo and Ema Twumasi got the Deacs back in it, and a Virginia miss in sudden death sealed the title as Wake Forest clinched the title in PKs, 4-3.

"I missed my PK, but I knew we were going to win," senior captain and All-Tournament Team selection Jon Bakero said. "I knew they had my back. I knew we were the better the team, and we got the trophy."

The Deacs win back-to-back ACC Tournament titles for the first time in program history. They also lock up the automatic entry into the NCAA Tournament, and will find out their draw during the NCAA Selection Show on Monday afternoon.

"I was extremely emotional at the end of it. We could've given up," head coach Bobby Muuss said. "That's what I told them at halftime. But no...That second half and the overtimes are probably the most bought in this group has been. I've never been more proud of a group. Were we tired? 100 percent. But we did not give in. Being down two penalties, a lot of teams would ask what their purpose was here. Andreu makes the big save, and a lot of guys step up and bury it when we need them."

Wake Forest had a 14-6 advantage in shots overall, led by Twumasi with three. Cases Mundet made two saves en route to his ACC-leading 10th shutout, his seventh of the last eight games.

 

 

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