Soccer Gameday: No. 1 Wake Forest vs. No. 5 Clemson
The Demon Deacons continue postseason play with an ACC Semifinal matchup against the Tigers.
Nov. 7, 2017
The Last Meeting
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September 29, 2017
Top-ranked and No. 1 seeded Wake Forest continues ACC Tournament play with a semifinal matchup against fifth-ranked and fifth-seeded Clemson on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
Last Time Out
Jon Bakero celebrated his 21st birthday in style, scoring two goals in a 3-0 ACC Quarterfinal win over Virginia Tech on Nov. 5.
Ema Twumasi added his 10th goal of the season while Brandon Servania tied a Wake Forest freshman record with his 10th and 11th assists.
Wake Forest recorded its sixth straight shutout, extending the team's shutout streak to 603:24 from Oct. 6 to now.
Wake Forest Storylines
A total of eight Deacs were recognized in the ACC postseason awards Tuesday. Jon Bakero (Offensive Player of the Year), Kevin Politz (Defensive Player of the Year) and Bobby Muuss (Coach of the Year) led the way.
Wake Forest wrapped up its second undefeated ACC schedule in three years under head coach Bobby Muuss. The Deacs went 6-0-2 in 2015 and 7-0-1 in 2017.
The Demon Deacons have one of the most prolific offenses in the nation to date this season. Wake Forest ranks atop the nation with 53 goals, 169 points and 63 assists.
Last year, the Deacs finished with 36 goals scored in 25 games. Wake Forest surpassed that total in 13 games this year.
Six Demon Deacons have already totaled at least 10 points after four did so all last year: Jon Bakero (39 pts - 13g, 13a), Ema Twumsai (25 pts - 10g, 5a), Luis Argudo (22 pts - 8g, 6a), Omir Fernandez (15 pts - 5g, 5a), Brandon Servania (15 pts - 2g, 11a) and Steven Echevarria (11 pts - 4g, 3a). Bakero leads the nation in points, and is top-10 in goals and assists.
Bakero was picked as one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Jacori Hayes won the national honor in 2016.
Opponent And Series History
Wake Forest has the edge over Clemson in the all-time series, 20-18-7. The Deacs have a 3-2-4 edge in the last nine meetings, including a 3-2 double-OT win this year and a 3-1 win in the ACC Championship game last year.
Clemson reached the ACC Semifinals by topping Syracuse in PKs after a 2-2 draw, then winning at Duke, 1-0.
The Tigers are led by a pair of first team All-ACC honorees in seniors Diego Campos and Oliver Shannon. Campos is second in the league in points with 28 on 10 goals and eight assists, while Shannon has four goals and five assists.
The winner of this game takes on the winner of No. 6 seed Virginia and No. 7 seed Notre Dame. The title game is Sunday at noon in Charleston, S.C.