No. 1 Deacs Clinch Quarterfinal Berth with 2-0 Win over Butler
Nov. 26, 2017

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Top-ranked Wake Forest clinched a berth into the NCAA Quarterfinal with a 2-0 win over No. 19 Butler at Spry Stadium on Sunday evening.

The Demon Deacons (19-1-2) will play Stanford for the third straight postseason in the quarterfinal game, which will be played at Spry on Saturday at 5 p.m.

After being tied 0-0 with the Bulldogs (14-5-2) at halftime, Brandon Servania and Jon Bakero tallied second-half goals to give the Deacs the victory.

In the 52nd minute, off the first of two Ema Twumasi assists, Servania rifled an upper-90 shot inside the near post for what proved to be the game-winner.

Bakero added an insurance goal in the 86th minute. After an Omir Fernandez shot was saved, Twumasi one-timed a pass into the box for Bakero, who put away his 16th goal of the season. The goal gave Bakero 100 career points, making him the fourth Deacon all-time to reach that mark.

Andreu Cases Mundet made a pair of saves for his 12th solo shutout of the year - the team's 13th. That total is one off the program record of 13, shared by Brian Edwards (2007) and Akira Fitzgerald (2008).

After a fairly even first half, the Wake Forest offense took over in the second period, where it had a 14-3 advantage in shots and 6-1 lead in corners. Overall, the Deacs had a 19-6 edge in shots and 10-3 advantage in corners.

Butler keeper Eric Dick made five saves in the losing effort for Butler.

BAKERO KEEPS CLIMBING
• In addition to tying Zack Schilawski for third all-time with 100 career points, Jon Bakero also ties Jeremiah White for fourth all-time with 37 career goals.
• His mark of 46 points moves into second in program history - most since 1983 - and he ties Ben Stafford for fifth all-time with his 16th goal of the year.

MUUSS IN THE TOURNEY
• Wake Forest improved to 8-2 under head coach Bobby Muuss in the NCAA Championship.
• The Deacs have reached the NCAA Quarterfinals or further each of his three seasons, going 2-1 in 2015, 4-1 in 2016 and 2-0 so far in 2017.

ALL THE SHUTOUTS
• Wake Forest has recorded shutouts in more than half of the games in each of the three years under head coach Bobby Muuss.
• The Demon Deacons have 13 clean sheets in 22 games this year, had 14 shutouts in 25 games in 2016, and 12 in 22 games in 2015.
Andreu Cases Mundet lowered his goals-against average to 0.42 with his third-straight clean sheet. That mark would be the best in program history, as Brian Edwards' 2007 mark of 0.50 is currently the lowest all-time.


 

 

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