Everybody else in Western North Carolina had a “regular” season by comparison.
Christ School soccer (13-0-4) and West Henderson volleyball (21-0) put a bow on undefeated regular seasons with wins on Tuesday.
The playoffs for both teams start Saturday.
Carolinas Athletic Association Player of the Year Young Perry (10 goals), Cal Jansen (14 goals, six assists), Riley Smith (seven goals) and Hunter Vines (five assists) have carried to the Greenies to what is believed to be their first-ever undefeated regular season. Will Iorio has posted seven shutout and is only allowing an average of 0.76 goals per game.
Iorio, Jansen and Devon Johnson are All-CAA selections along with Perry.
Christ School jumped out to a 5-1 lead Tuesday at home and then held on to nip Rabun Gap (Ga.), 5-4.
Jansen (two), Johnson, Vines, and Perry were the goal-scorers and Iorio made four saves. Not only that, the Greenies won both of their head-to-head meetings with CAA runner-up Asheville Christian Academy by a 3-0 score. That included Saturday’s game in the Swannanoa Valley that clinched the conference championship.
“Our guys have finally started playing a full game,” Christ School coach Guy Campbell said.
“We were more of a second-half team early on, but they’ve turned things around. We’ve had a number of guys who have been consistent for us all year and they’ve carried us. But there are some other guys who have started to play at a high level, too, in recent weeks like Riley Smith and Wade Mouer. And that’s probably the biggest difference.”
Campbell is a 2000 Greenies graduate and no one presently with the athletic department can recall a previous Christ School soccer team that didn’t lose a regular-season game.
West Henderson volleyball has only dropped one set (in a match with North Henderson on Sept. 29) en route to its first undefeated regular season since 2008.
More on this story to come…
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