Soccer Gameday: No. 2 Wake Forest at No. 5 North Carolina
The Demon Deacons and Tar Heels are set to battle for the top spot in the ACC standings on Friday night.
Oct. 5, 2017
The Last Meeting
October 17, 2015
• No. 2-ranked Wake Forest brings a seven-game winning streak into a showdown of top-five ACC unbeatens. The Demon Deacons look to end No. 5 North Carolina’s eight-game winning streak as the squads jockey for top spot in the ACC standings on Friday night at 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
• The game will be played at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary due to construction at North Carolina’s facility.
Last Time Out
• The Demon Deacons stayed unbeaten in ACC play, earning a 3-2 double-overtime win over No. 6 Clemson on Sept. 29.
• Wake Forest held a 2-1 lead behind a pair of Ema Twumasi goals before Clemson’s Robbie Robinson struck for his second of the game in the 89th minute to send it into overtime, where Steven Echevarria netted the game-winner in the 103rd minute.
• Freshman Andrew Pannenberg made his Old Gold & Black debut in goal, saving three shots.
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 31 goals and 99 points, also ranking atop the country with 37 assists and 8.18 shots on goal per game.
• Last year, it took the Deacs 22 games to reach 31 goals, compared to just 11 this season.
• Four Demon Deacons have already totaled at least 10 points after four did so all last year: Jon Bakero (23 pts - 6g, 11a), Luis Argudo (16 pts - 7g, 2a), Ema Twumsai (15 pts - 7g, 1a) and Brandon Servania (12 pts - 2g, 8a). Bakero is second in the nation in points, and leads the country in assists.
• 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.
• Wake Forest will be without Servania and Mark McKenzie, who are with the U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team in Spain for a pair of friendlies against Belgium and Russia.
Opponent And Series History
• North Carolina leads the all-time series by a 22-11-10 margin. The Tar Heels started the series with a 13-1-4 lead from 1980-94, and the Deacs are 10-9-6 since then.
• Seven straight meetings have been decided by a goal or less dating back to a 4-2 Deacon win in 2008.
• North Carolina leads the nation with 36 goals, and is paced by Cam Lindley (18 pts - 5g, 8a) and Alan Winn (17 pts - 8g, 1a). Three keepers have seen action, with Alec Smir (8-0-0, 0.69 GAA, .737 save pct) leading the way.
• Wake Forest returns home on Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. non-conference game against Longwood.