Soccer Gameday: No. 2 Wake Forest at No. 8 Louisville
The Demon Deacons open ACC play with a top-10 showdown against the Cardinals.
Sept. 8, 2017
The Last Meeting
November 9, 2016
• No. 2-ranked Wake Forest opens ACC play this weekend, traveling to take on No. 8-ranked Louisville on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
Last Time Out
• The Demon Deacons suffered their first defeat of the season, falling to Georgia State in overtime, 2-1. It snapped a 17-game unbeaten streak at Spry Stadium dating back to the 2016 season-opener.
• The game was tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation thanks to a penalty kick on each side. Luis Argudo executed for the Deacs for his fifth goal of the past three games.
• Wake Forest had a 20-8 advantage in shots, but the Panthers found the game-winner less than 90 seconds into overtime.
Wake Forest Storylines
• The Demon Deacons have one of the most prolific offenses in the nation to date this season. Wake Forest ranks third in the nation with 14 goals, leads the country with 18 assists and ranks second with 46 points.
• Last year, it took the Deacs 10 games to reach 13 goals, compared to just three this season.
• Three Demon Deacons have already totaled at least nine points after only four did so all last year: Luis Argudo (11 pts - 5g, 1a), Jon Bakero (10 pts - 3g, 4a), and Brandon Servania (9 pts - 2g, 5a). Each of them ranks in the top 15 nationally in points - Argudo is tihrd, Bakero sixth and Servania 15th.
• A senior in 2017, Argudo has discovered a new scoring touch in his final season, scoring five goals in the last three games. He entered the season with two total goals in his first three years - one as a freshman with Elon and one at Wake Forest last year.
• The Deacs are 9-0-1 in the last 10 ACC-openers, with the last loss coming to No. 6 Duke in 2006.
Opponent And Series History
• Wake Forest and Louisville are meeting for the ninth time in program history, with each of those meetings coming since 2007. The Demon Deacons lead the series, 6-2, and have won five straight since a 2012 loss.
• The teams have met just twice in Louisville though, with the Cardinals claiming a 3-2 double-overtime win in 2012 and the Deacs winning, 4-2, in 2015. Each of the last three meetings have been 2-1 scores in favor of the Deacs - two in overtime.
• Louisville, ranked No. 8 by United Soccer Coaches, enters with a 3-0-1 record after most recently tying No. 19 Kentucky. The Cardinals have one-goal wins over Georgia State, Butler and UC Irvine.
• Wake Forest returns home for three straight games, beginning with a Sept. 12 contest against Appalachian State.