Cranston East 2018 Soccer
June (TBA) - Fall Sign-Ups
August 20th - First Day of Tryouts
September 1st - Injury Fund Game (TBA)
September 7th - First Regular Season Game (TBA)
October 24th - Last Regular Season Game (TBA)
October 29th - Playoffs - First Round (TBA)
November 2nd - Quarter-Finals (TBA)
November 7th - Semi-Finals (TBA)
November 10th - Division II State Championship at RIC (2:00)
Cranston East Head Coach
Head Coach Richard Grenier completed his 5th year at the helm of the Thunderbolt Soccer Program. In his 25th year as a Head Coach in the RIIL, he has recorded over 250th RISCA victories. He has directed 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 14 games played. He has the distinction of being the only RISCA coach to have three different teams (Cranston West - 1996, West Warwick - 2007 & Cranston East - 2014) awarded the RISOA (soccer officials) Team Sportsmanship Award, as well as three different schools winning State Championships (Cranston West - 1996, West Warwick - 2004 & Cranston East - 2017).
Cranston East Assistant Coaches
Kerin Murillo scores against Davies in the Bolts 6-3 win earlier this year.
Cranston East 1
St. Raphael 0
For only the third time in the program's 48-year history, the Thunderbolt of Cranston East claimed a State Title.
Led by senior Ayodeji "Ayo" George's strong defensive play as sweeper and timely goal with 18:31 seconds remaining in the final, the Green and White avenged their regular season loss to the Saints of St. Raphael, 1-0.
George, who was named the game's Most Valuable Player, received a perfectly placed pass off a free kick from fellow senior Gabe Sotelo (see video clip below).
Defensively, Cranston East received a solid team effort, allowing just two shots in side the 18-yard line, while Giovanni Canales recorded 9 saves.
Before George's timely goal, the Green and White controlled most of the play, outshooting the Purple and Gold, 24-12.
In addition to Ayo George earning MVP accolades, Giovanni Canales, Kerin Murillo and Richmond Miamen were named to the All-Tournament team.
While the Varsity team completed a championship season on the pitch, the Thunderbolt Junior Varsity had another solid year posting a 9-1-6 overall record.
For the year, they allowed just 7 goals on the year. Goalies Allen Recinos (47 saves) and Mustafa Abbas (13 saves) combined for ten shutouts.
Leading scorers included sophomore Albert Lopez (6 goals), freshman Dylan Zarone (4 goals), freshman Noah Sylva (3 goals & 3 assists) and sophomore Nour Chamout (3 goals and 1 assist).
Mendoza scores game-winner for Junior Varsity!
The Thunderbolts of Cranston East, who had a 31 game streak without a card spanning from 2013-2015, have received only 15 cards over the past five seasons (95 games).
During that span (2013-2017), they have posted a league record of 44-16-14 (55-23-17 overall).
In the Fall (2018), the Thunderbolt will return to Division II play for the first time since 2011. From 2007-2011, the Green and White posted a league record of 5-71-6.
The former 'Bolt All-Stater is in third year at Rhode Island College. After a solid rookie year in 2015 (5 goals; 8 assists), he helped the Anchormen (15-4-1) reach the Little East Championship once again last fall. Vazquez, who started in 18 of 20 games for the Anchormen, recorded 2 goals and 8 assists on the year.
Cranston East's leading scorer from 2015, Tiago Pacheco, has taken his skills to Leslie University. Pacheco, who was an unanimous First Team All-Division selection, will be entering his second year as a member of the Lynx.