Bakero's Late Winner Pushes No. 1 Deacs to Third Round
Nov. 19, 2017

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Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- After 88 scoreless minutes, top-ranked Wake Forest men's soccer broke through with a game-winning penalty kick from Jon Bakero in a 1-0 victory over Columbia in the second round of the NCAA Championship at Spry Stadium on Sunday evening.

The Demon Deacons (18-1-2) advance into the third round, and will play host to No. 19 Butler on Sunday, Nov. 26, at 5 p.m.

Though the Deacs controlled possession for the majority of the game, the Lions (12-3-3) were sound defensively and limited Wake Forest to nine shots. Eventually, defender Michael DeShields was taken down in the box in the 89th minute and Bakero calmly put away the PK for his 15th goal of the season, tied for sixth-most in program history.

"Columbia was more disciplined and organized than any team we've played in my three years here. If you watch them all year long, they'd only let up six goals before the NCAA Tournament started," head coach Bobby Muuss said. "We'll take what we can get. There'll be 16 teams left at the end of the day. We'll take it any way we can...Everybody talks about trying to win a national championship, we're just trying to survive until the next week."

The Wake Forest defense was as sound as usual despite being short-handed. Andreu Cases Mundet made a pair of saves in goal for his 11th shutout - third-most in program history. Despite being without normal starters Kevin Politz (injury) and Logan Gdula (red card suspension), the Deacs limited Columbia to six shots and no corner kicks.

• Wake Forest improved to 7-2 in the NCAA Championship under head coach Bobby Muuss, and 28-16-4 all-time.
• The Deacs are now 23-9-2 all-time in Winston-Salem and 11-6 in the second round.

• In the career record books, Jon Bakero tied Ben Stafford for fifth-place all-time with his 36th goal. Bakero also has 98 points, two away from becoming the fourth Deacon ever to total 100 points in a career.
• He also tied Scott Sealy for second-most points in a season with 44. That mark trails only Mark Erwin, who recorded 36 goals and seven assists in 1983.



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