||Goals Per Game
Arthur Bosua (12G, 5A)
John Denis (6G, 3A)
Jon Bakero (14G, 14A)
Ema Twumasi (10G, 5A)
Dylan Castanheira | 12-2-3
42 saves // .857 save% // 11 SO
||Andrew Cases Mundet | 16-1-2
25 saves // .735 save% // 10 SO
A live stream of the match can be seen through ACC Network/Watch ESPN. Additionally, an audio brodcast can be heard through the Ivy League Network.
More Like Two-Ivy
Dartmouth clinched an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship, winning at least a share of the conference crown for the fourth straight season. Columbia finished second in the league, putting together its third straight 10+ win season, which had not been accomplished since 1985 when the Lions posted double-digit wins for the eighth year in a row. The No. 15 seeded Big Green (12-3-1) received a first round bye, and battle UNH in the second round.
This is the first time since 2012 that the Ivy League has sent multiple teams to the NCAA Soccer Championship, as Cornell and Brown both earned bids during that season. 2012 also marked the eighth straight year the Ancient Eight had multiple bids in the tournament, as the league had four teams receive bids in both 2009 and 2010.
About the Demon Deacons
Wake Forest won its eighth regular season ACC Title and third ACC Tournament Championship in 2017, after finishing 17-1-2 overall, and 7-0-1 in conference play. Bobby Muuss is in his third season as the head coach of the Demon Deacons, who won the ACC Tournament a season ago before advancing to the National Championship Match, where the team lost in penalty kicks to Stanford.
This season, Wake Forest has put up one of the most potent offenses in the NCAA, averaging 2.75 goals per game behind a fleury of scorers. Jon Bakero leads the country in points with 42 behind 14 goals and 14 assists, while Ema Twumasi is also lethal, tallying 10 goals and five assists this year. The Demon Deacons were only shutout twice this season, first in the regular season finale against Syracuse (0-0) and also in the ACC Championship match against Virginia (0-0), which they won on penalty kicks. Along with the strong offensive output, the defense has allowed a mere 0.55 goals per game, while Andrew Cases Mundet has only 25 saves in 19 starts thanks to a back line that gave up 2.0 shots on goal per game.
Butler held home field against Lipscomb, advancing Thursday night with a 2-0 victory to play the No. 16 seeded VCU. The winner of the Wake Forest/Columbia match takes on victor of the Butler/VCU match in the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament, either on Nov. 25 or 26.
The third round is scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 25-26, with the quarterfinals taking place the following weekend, Dec. 1-2. The Final Four teams qualify for the NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup, which is scheduled for Dec. 8 and Dec. 10 at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia.
Columbia improved to 9-14 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, and is making its first appearance in the field since 1993. The last time the Lions won a postseason match was in 1990, in an opening round victory against Seton Hall. Columbia has two Final Four appearances, including a 1983 trip where Columbia fell in the National Title game to Indiana, and a 1979 appearance.
This will be the first time Columbia and Wake Forest have met on the pitch. The Lions are 3-7 all-time against the ACC, including a 1-0 loss this season against Pitt. All three victories against the conference have come against Syracuse, who the Lions hold a 3-0-0 edge against, with the last win coming in 2010 (2-0).
Ending On A High Note
In Columbia's last five outings of the regular season, the Lions have out-scored the opposition 14-0, including a 6-0 drubbing of Harvard (Nov. 5) and a 2-0 defeat of Cornell (Nov. 11) to close out the season.
Columbia had seven members of the squad earn All-Ivy League honors when the conference announced the results last week. Five Lions picked up first team honors, including Offensive Player of the Year Arthur Bosua, along with defender Alex Bangerl, goalkeeper Dylan Castanheira, forward John Denis, and midfielder Vana Markarian. Defender Blake Willis made the second team, while midfielder Danny Laranetto was an honorable mention honoree.
At both ends of the field, the Lions have the Ivy League's statistical leaders.
Bosua leads the conference in goals with 12 and points with 29. The senior is tied for 13th in the NCAA with 0.71 goals per game and is also tied for 12th in points per game at 1.71. Also on the offensive end, Denis put up a strong second half of the season, scoring at least a point in five straight outings to end the year with 15 points on six goals and three assists.
On the other half of the pitch, Castanheira closed the season now allowing a goal in five matches, and leads the league in shutouts (11), save percentage (0.860), and goals against average (0.39). Columbia's team goals against average and save percentage ranks second in the NCAA behind only Indiana, as Castanheira holds the second best goals against average in the country.