Thunderbolt: Practice & Game Schedule
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East Wins League Opener, 3-0!
The Bolt opened up their 2019 season with a 3-0 victory over the Wizards of West Warwick.
It was the first time since 2015 that Green and White started the league season with a victory; over the past three years, they recorded a tie in their opener.
Facing a tough defense, Cranston East broke the scoreless tie with 16:56 left in the first half when senior Kerin Murillo found Luis Gavalo-Puello in the box on a corner kick. While the Orange and Black were scrambling to clear the area, Gavalo-Puello blasted a shot inside the 12 yard line.
In the second half, junior goalkeeper, Alex Johnson (12 saves), kept the Thunderbolt off the board for the first 25 minutes.
With 15:51 remaining in the contest Gavalo-Puello contacted with Murillo for a 2-0 lead. Murillo took the pass and chipped it over the onrushing keeper for Six minutes later, Murillo took another pass by Gavalo-Puello and chipped a shot in for a 3-0 lead.
Sophomore Jorge Avila, who received a great defensive effort by his fullbacks, halfbacks and sweeper Joe Lenk, picked up the shutout with six saves.
Murillo makes it 2-0 against West Warwick!
Varsity Head Coach
Head Coach Richard Grenier is in his 7th year at the helm of the Thunderbolt Soccer Program. Over the past six years, the Bolts own an overall record of 65-29-20 (52-21-17 in league play). Grenier, who enters his 27th year as a head coach, is one of five coaches to earn 250 RISCA victories in 53 years of interscholastic league play (290-130-82). He has led his teams to 25 playoff appearances, 9 sportsmanship awards, 6 state final appearances, 3 state championships, 15 semi-final appearances and 10 Cranston "City Cup" Championships out of 15 games played. He has the distinction of being the only Rhode Island boys' soccer coach to have three different teams (Cranston West - 1996, West Warwick - 2007 & Cranston East - 2014) awarded the RISOA Team Sportsmanship Award, as well as three different schools win State Championships (Cranston West - 1996, West Warwick - 2004 & Cranston East - 2017).
Matt Grenier, who holds career records at West Warwick High School (376 saves, 38 wins & 20 shutouts), continues as Cranston East's Assistant Varsity Coach. In his two years at the helm of the Junior Varsity program, his teams have gone a remarkable 20-2-8 while scoring 56 goals and allowing just 18. Grenier, who is in fourth year at Rhode Island College as Physical/Health Education major, will be entering his fourth year as a Thunderbolt coach.
Jake Leander, who earned All-Conference honors last season while playing for the Knights, will once again play for CCRI this fall. The former All-Division defender from West Warwick will continue as a volunteer coach for his fourth consecutive year.
Rich Grenier Jr., who has been coaching on the sidelines of East since 2013, will continue as a volunteer coach on a limited basis this fall. The former All-Stater, who led the state with 224 saves as a senior in 2012, graduated from Bryant University in 2017 and received his Master's Degree from Johnson & Wales University in the Spring of 2019.
The Thunderbolts of Cranston East had a 31 game streak without a card spanning from 2013-2015. In 114 games played over the past six seasons, the Bolt have averaged less than five cards (4.67) per year.
Junior Varsity Roster
East JV goes 1-0-1 in
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