ARDEN – Only a few question marks were hovering over the Christ School soccer team in the preseason.
Since then, most of them have been answered.
The Greenies (14-5-0) completed a Carolinas Athletic Association championship campaign with Friday’s 5-1 win at Asheville School.
Defender Wade Mouer from Asheville has been named the CAA Player of the Year, and he was joined on the all-conference team by Riley Smith, Will Iorio, Jackson Hipp and Hunter Vines.
Fourth-seeded Christ School is home for a state quarterfinal match against No. 5 North Raleigh Christian (15-3-0) on Friday at 4 p.m.
The same two sides met at this same stage of the postseason in 2015. North Raleigh ended an undefeated season for the Greenies with a 2-1 result in Arden.
“It’s the same exact teams and the same exact seeds,” Christ School coach Guy Campbell said.
“So much of what we have done has been looking forward to getting back to this spot and they’re here now. We lost five great seniors (from the 2015 team), but I feel like we’re just as good now.”
The four captains for Christ School are Iorio, Mouer, Smith and junior John Beard. Remaining seniors are Nicki Anixter, Thomas Hoefer and Jerry Zhang.
The Greenies haven’t tasted defeat since a 3-2 game against Asheville Christian Academy on Sept. 23 at UNC Asheville. They avenged that loss Oct. 12 at home, 2-1.
Campbell is a 2000 Christ School graduate.