Soccer Gameday: No. 1 Wake Forest vs. Columbia
The Demon Deacons open NCAA Championship play on Sunday at 5 p.m. against the Lions.
Nov. 18, 2017
• Top-ranked and No. 1 seeded Wake Forest opens NCAA Championship play with a second-round matchup against Columbia, an at-large qualifier out of the Ivy League. The Demon Deacons and Lions square off Sunday at 5 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
Last Time Out
• Wake Forest won its second-straight ACC Championship, its third in program history. After a scoreless draw against Virginia, the Demon Deacons won in PKs. The first two Deacon attempts were saved and UVA had a chance to go up 2-0 if not for a save by ACC Championship MVP Andreu Cases Mundet.
• That set the stage for the Wake Forest comeback, highlighted by four-straight makes from Bruno Lapa, Justin McMaster, Luis Argudo and Ema Twumasi. The Cavaliers also missed twice to seal the Deacon victory.
• Wake Forest controlled the flow of the game despite being a man down for 67 minutes after a Logan Gdula red card. The Deacs finished with a 14-6 advantage in shots, including an 8-3 margin while playing a man down.
Wake Forest Storylines
• A total of eight Deacs were recognized in the ACC postseason awards. 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. Wake Forest became the first team to finish the ACC regular season and tournament undefeated since Duke in 1999.
• The Demon Deacons have one of the most prolific offenses in the nation to date this season. Wake Forest ranks atop the nation with 55 goals, 174 points and 64 assists.
• Six Demon Deacons have totaled at least 10 points after four did so all last year: Jon Bakero (42 pts - 14g, 14a), Ema Twumsai (25 pts - 10g, 5a), Luis Argudo (22 pts - 8g, 6a), Omir Fernandez (17 pts - 6g, 5a), Brandon Servania (15 pts - 2g, 11a) and Steven Echevarria (11 pts - 4g, 3a). Bakero leads the nation in points and is in the top 10 in goals and assists.
Opponent And Series History
• Wake Forest and Columbia are meeting for the first time in program history. The Deacs are 2-2 all-time against Ivy League schools (1-1 vs. Dartmouth, 1-0 vs. Harvard, 0-1 vs. Princeton).
• Columbia reached the second round by beating William & Mary in double overtime on Thursday, 2-1. Kynan Rocks scored the game-winner in the 103rd minute.
• The Lions have conceded one goal over the last six games and have 11 shutouts.
• The winner Sunday plays the winner of No. 16 seed VCU and Butler.