No. 1 Wake Forest's Season Ends in Quarterfinal
Dec. 2, 2017

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The NCAA Championship run for top-ranked Wake Forest came to an end in the quarterfinals in a 2-0 defeat to third-ranked and ninth-seeded Stanford, 2-0, at Spry Stadium.

In front of a capacity crowd of 4,628, the Demon Deacons (19-2-2) held a 14-12 advantage in shots and 6-3 lead in corners, but it was the Cardinal (17-2-2) who found the back of the net twice to clinch a spot in the College Cup.

"Only one team ends the season with a win and unfortunately it's not going to be Wake Forest this year," head coach Bobby Muuss said. "I told the guys, we can look at this game as many times as we want. At the same time, this game does not define this team...Winning the national championship would be great but keeping this group together for one more week would be even better. This is a special group of young men."

North Carolina native Tomas Hilliard-Arce scored the first goal in the 37th minute on a header from a Jared Gilbey corner kick. The Cardinal added an insurance goal in the 53rd minute when Sam Werner rebounded his own shot and scored to make it 2-0.

Wake Forest took eight shots in the final 32 minutes, including three which were saved by Nico Corti, who made a total of five stops in the shutout.

It was the final game in Old Gold & Black for five seniors: Jon Bakero, Luis Argudo, Steven Echevarria, Kevin Politz and Rafael Fagundo. The senior class totaled 65 wins in their four seasons, including an NCAA-best 55 over the past three years.

Andreu Cases Mundet made three saves for the Deacs. He finishes the season with a program-record 0.49 goals-against average, and his 12 shutouts are second-most in program history.

Bakero wraps up his career with exactly 100 points, a mark that is tied for third all-time. His 37 goals are tied for fourth and 26 assists rank sixth, while his totals of 46 points, 16 goals and 14 assists this year rank in the top five for a single season.

Stanford, the two-time defending national champions, will play Akron in the College Cup on Friday.



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