WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Led by a balanced attack with five players scoring in the contest, the second-ranked Wake Forest men’s soccer team topped Georgia State 5-0 in nonconference action on Tuesday night at Spry Stadium.
The Demon Deacons extended their unbeaten streak to eight games while improving to 11-1-2 on the season with the win. Georgia State dropped its second in a row and third in the last four games with the defeat, falling to 6-6 on the campaign. Now with 11 wins on the season, Wake Forest has tallied its most victories since winning 11 games in 2012.
Standing at five shutouts in a row, the Deacs have matched the program record for the third time in team history.Andrew Harris earned the start in goal and played the first 75 minutes, tallying two saves. Grant Bishop came off the bench to make his first-career appearance with the Demon Deacons, finishing out the contest making one save. Overall, the Demon Deacons have not allowed a goal in October and haven’t allowed an opponent to score in the last 529:38 of game action dating back to Sept. 26 in the 1-1 draw against Clemson.
Wake Forest's first two goals came from players tallying their first collegiate goals. Kris Reaves scored in the 12th minute off a rebound the keeper couldn't handle and Brad Dunwell made it 2-0 in the 18th minute with a similar goal out in front, as an initial shot trickled past the GSU keeper and was finished off by Dunwell. Jacori Hayes took the initial shot on both goals to tally two assists. Following his goal against North Carolina on Saturday, he has four points over the course of the last two games.
Jon Bakero and Tane Gent both tallied their fifth goals of the season as Bakero made it 3-0 in the 27th minute while Gent notched the first goal out of halftime in the 59th minute. Bakero’s strike was assisted by Jack Harrison, who now has nine on the season and is second in the nation in the category. Gent’s goal came in on a cross from Ricky Greensfelder from the left side after Greensfelder was set up by Philip Parker. After the ball got past the goalkeeper and bounced across the goal mouth, Gent got a foot to it to notch the fourth goal of the game.
In the 78th minute, Jared Odenbeck put the icing on the cake with a rocket of a shot from 30 yards out to give Wake Forest the 5-0 lead. Odenbeck received a pass from Gent and lined his shot up, sending a bullet past the diving keeper into the left corner of goal for his second tally of the season.
Overall, the Deacs outshot GSU 20-6, including a 14-3 advantage in shots on goal. Just 24 minutes into the game, Wake Forest had an 11-0 advantage in shots and 9-0 in shots on goal before Georgia State could tally its first shot, an attempt from long range.
The Demon Deacons, now ranked No. 2 in the NSCAA and Top Drawer Soccer polls and No. 3 in the Soccer America poll released Tuesday, return to action Friday night, Oct. 23, on Senior Night against Notre Dame. The Irish are ranked as high as No. 8 in the country and check in at No. 5 overall in RPI. First kick is set for 7 p.m. The game will be aired on RSN.