College soccer: No. 2 Wake Forest outlasts Clemson, 3-2, in double OT
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- No. 2-ranked Wake Forest outlasted No. 6 Clemson, 3-2, in double overtime in front of 4,781 fans at Spry Stadium on Friday night.
The teams traded goals in the first half and again in the second half before Steven Echevarria won it for the Demon Deacons (10-1-0, 4-0-0 ACC) in the 103rd minute.
DEACS WIN! DEACS WIN! ECHEVARRIA PUTS IT AWAY IN THE SECOND OVERTIME! No. 2 Wake Forest 3, No. 6 Clemson 2! pic.twitter.com/3U5aPtpGGa— Wake Men's Soccer (@WakeMSoccer) September 30, 2017
A throw-in by Logan Gdula was one-touched by Jon Bakero into the middle of the box, where Echevarria beat the keeper inside the right post for the game-winner. The assist was Bakero's NCAA-leading 11th of the season.
Both the Deacons and the Tigers (8-2-0, 2-2-0 ACC) had a student-athlete record a brace, as Wake Forest's Ema Twumasi and Clemson's Robbie Robinson traded goals.
Twumasi put the Deacs on the board in the sixth minute, finishing a fast break off a quick pass from Luis Argudo to make the score 1-0.
In the 35th minute, Robbie Robinson knocked in a free kick from Diego Campos to tie the game at 1-1 heading into the break.
Twumasi retook the lead for Wake Forest in the 59th minute, weaving through the center of the defense before roping a shot from 30 yards out to beat the keeper and make the score 2-1.
Robinson scored on another Campos free kick in the 89th minute, heading it in for the late equalizer to set up the overtime dramatics.
Freshman Andrew Pannenberg made his debut in goal and recorded three saves to pick up the victory.
The game was fairly even throughout, with the Tigers holding a slight 10-9 advantage in shots and corners even at 3-3.
The attendance total of 4,781 was the fourth-highest in program history, and biggest since 2015.
Wake Forest returns to action on Friday against another top-10 foe in North Carolina. The game will be played at Cary's WakeMed Soccer Park due to construction in Chapel Hill.