Soccer Gameday: No. 1 Wake Forest vs. No. 3 Stanford
The Demon Deacons are set for the NCAA quarterfinal matchup against the Cardinal on Saturday night at Spry Stadium.
Dec. 1, 2017
The Last Meeting
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December 11, 2016
Houston, Texas (BBVA Compass Stadium)
• Top-ranked and No. 1 seeded Wake Forest is set for a showdown against No. 3 Stanford for the third-straight NCAA Tournament. The Demon Deacons and Cardinal play at Spry Stadium at 7 p.m. on Saturday on ESPN3.
• Due to NCAA requirements, tickets to Sunday's game will be $8 for general admission, $5 for seniors and children, and $3 for college students with valid ID.
• Tickets are required on the Walt Chyzowych Alumni Hill, and no dogs or outside food or drink will be allowed.
Last Time Out
• Wake Forest clinched a berth in the quarterfinal by defeating No. 19 Butler, 2-0, on Sunday evening.
• Brandon Servania scored for the first time since opening night with an upper-90 strike in the 52nd minute. Jon Bakero added a late insurance goal, with Ema Twumasi assisting on both goals.
• Andreu Cases Mundet recorded his 12th shutout in goal, one shy of the program record. The clean sheet was his third in a row, giving the Deacs their third shutout streak of at least 300 minutes this season. Wake Forest has conceded just one goal over the last 10 games.
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. Bakero was also just named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which recognizes the top player in college soccer.
• 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 en route ot the ACC Championship since Duke in 1999.
• The Deacs have the most prolific offense in the nation. Wake Forest leads the country with 58 goals, 182 points and 66 assists.
• Six Demon Deacons have totaled at least 10 points: Jon Bakero (46 pts - 16g, 14a), Ema Twumsai (27 pts - 10g, 7a), Luis Argudo (22 pts - 8g, 6a), Omir Fernandez (17 pts - 6g, 5a), Brandon Servania (17 pts - 3g, 11a) and Steven Echevarria (11 pts - 4g, 3a). Bakero leads the nation in points and is second in goals and assists.
Opponent And Series History
• Wake Forest is looking for its first-ever win over Stanford, trailing 4-0-0 in the all-time series. The Cardinal won the national title in PKs last year, and beat the Deacs in overtime, 2-1, in the 2015 quarterfinal in Winston-Salem.
• Stanford reached the quarterfinal by edging Pacific in PKs after a scoreless draw and beating Coastal Carolina, 2-0.
• The Cardinal is led by a pair of Hermann Trophy semifinalists in defender Tomas Hilliard-Arce (3g, 3a) and forward Foster Langsdorf (13g, 6a).
• The winner Saturday clinches a spot in the NCAA College Cup, set for next weekend at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia.