Soccer Gameday: No. 2 Wake Forest vs. No. 6 Clemson
The Demon Deacons are set for a top-10 showdown against ACC rivals Clemson on Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.
Sept. 28, 2017
The Last Meeting
November 13, 2016
Charleston, S.C. (MUSC Health Stadium)
No. 2-ranked Wake Forest brings a six-game winning streak into a top-10 showdown against No. 6 Clemson on Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.
Last Time Out
The Demon Deacons earned their sixth-straight victory, coming from behind to beat South Carolina, 2-1, with back-to-back second-half goals. The Deacs dominated possession, out-shooting the Gamecocks by a 22-1 margin.
Trailing 1-0 more than 60 minutes in, the Deacs drew a foul in the box and Jon Bakero executed the ensuing penalty kick to knot the game at 1-1 in the 65th minute.
Ema Twumasi scored the game-winner with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. Bakero fed Twumasi in the box, who beat a defender and snuck a shot into the far post from the left side.
Wake Forest Storylines
The Demon Deacons have one of the most prolific offenses in the nation to date this season. Wake Forest is second in the nation with 28 goals, also ranking atop the country with 34 assists, 90 points and 7.9 corners per game.
Last year, it took the Deacs 20 games to reach 28 goals, compared to just 10 this season.
Four Demon Deacons have already totaled at least 10 points after four did so all last year: Jon Bakero (22 pts - 6g, 10a), Luis Argudo (15 pts - 7g, 1a), Brandon Servania (12 pts - 2g, 8a) and Ema Twumasi (11 pts - 5g, 1a). Bakero is tied for first in the nation in points, and leads the country in assists, two ahead of Servania in second.
Bakero and defender Kevin Politz were named candidates for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award, two of just three selected in the ACC. Jacori Hayes won the award a season ago.
Opponent And Series History
Wake Forest has a slight edge in the all-time series against Clemson, leading 19-18-7. The series has been especially close in recent years with the teams splitting the last eight meetings, 2-2-4. In that span, there have been four 1-1 draws, as well as a 3-1 win for each side, a 1-0 Clemson win and a 2-1 Wake Forest win. The last meeting was a 3-1 victory for the Deacs in last year's ACC title game behind goals from Ian Harkes, Jacori Hayes and Steven Echevarria.
Clemson enters with an 8-1 record, with the only loss being by a 1-0 margin at NC State on Sept. 8. Since then, the Tigers have beaten Boston College, UCLA, Pitt and Charlotte by a combined 11-1 margin.
Diego Campos and Jason Wright have paced the offense with four goals apiece, while Ximo Miralles has a 0.59 goals-against average and .828 save percentage.
Wake Forest is off Tuesday before traveling to Cary to take on North Carolina at WakeMed Soccer Park on Oct. 6.