Bakero, Politz Earn All-America Honors
Dec. 7, 2017

Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Wake Forest seniors Jon Bakero and Kevin Politz were named All-Americans by the United Soccer Coaches on Thursday night, with Bakero being picked to the first team and Politz to the third team.

Bakero gives the Demon Deacons a first team honoree for the third-straight season, joining Ian Harkes, Jacori Hayes and Alec Ferrell in 2016 and Jack Harrison in 2015.

A MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist, Bakero leads the nation with 46 points - eight ahead of the next-closest - and ranks second in goals (16) and assists (14). The ACC Offensive Player of the Year and team captain tallied six game-winning goals and also assisted on seven others. Bakero ranks in the top 10 in program history for goals, assists and points in a season and career.

"Jon Bakero is the best player in college soccer," head coach Bobby Muuss said. "The things he did for this program are unmatched, and he makes everyone around him better. This is a well-deserved honor for the unquestioned leader of our team."

Politz, previously named the CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year and ACC Defensive Player of the Year, earns an All-America nod for the first time. The team captain anchored a back line which posted 13 shutouts and conceded just 13 total goals. Politz also scored a game-winning goal and took a total of nine shots.

 

 

"Kevin has been one of the most underrated defenders in the country his whole career, so it's nice to finally see him get the recognition he deserves," Muuss added. "Everyone talks about our offense, but we've also been a top-five defense each of the last three years and he's a huge reason why."

Wake Forest wrapped up the season with a 19-2-2 overall record and a third-straight trip to the NCAA Quarterfinal. The Demon Deacons finished undefeated in ACC games, winning the Atlantic Division in the regular season and then claiming the ACC Championship in postseason play.

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