Cranston East Thunderbolts
Cranston East Opens Up 2016 Season
The Cranston East Boys' Soccer team opened up their 2016 season with a 0-0 tie against West Warwick in the annual Injury Fund game played at Cranston Stadium.
Sophomore Goalkeeper, Giovanni Canales, earned the shutout in the 50 minute contest with eight saves.
The 'Bolt, who graduated ten seniors from last year's team (10-3-3), will be one of the youngest teams to play on the pitch this season.
Coach Grenier envisions another solid year with one of the youngest teams in Division III.
The Thunderbolt varsity roster includes:
Seniors: Mackenley Devry, Carter Haid & Carlos Montt
Juniors: Ayo George, Nathaniel Hardy, Richmond Miamen, Isaiah Rosa, Pedro Saravia & Gabriel Sotelo
Sophomores: Giovanni Canales, Luke Hogan, Dennis Montalvo & Moses Reyes
Freshman: Declan Hanely, Andel Lopez, Angel Lopez and Kerin Murillo
'Bolt earn tie against tough Patriots!
Over the past four years, the Cranston East Boys' Soccer team has developed a reputation of being a strong defensive team.
In fact, they were the top defensive team in Division III last year, allowing just ten goals in league play.
Although the Thunderbolt have replaced eight starters from last year's 10-3-3 team, they started their league year with a 0-0 tie with Pilgrim High School.
The Patriots, who dropped down from Division II after missing the playoffs by one point, could manage only 12 shots on goal, seven of which were outside the 18.
With the help of the strong play of defenders Carter Haid (sweeper), Ayo George, Adnel Lopez, Pedro Saravia and Luke Hogan, goalkeeper Giovanni "Gio" Canales picked up his second shutout of the year with six saves.
During the last five minutes of the match, the 'Bolt had three chances to score the winning goal, however Pilgrim keeper, Sean Blanchard (six saves) and sweeper Matt Woods were instrumental in helping the Patriots hold of the green and white.
'Bolt drop tough one in the heat!
PLaying in oppressive conditions, the Chieftans took full advantage of an extra day's rest and defeated the visiting Thunderbolt, 2-0, for their first win of the year.
Ponaganset, who lost 2-1 to Davies on Tuesday, had two days of rest, while Cranston East, who played to a 0-0 tie on Wednesday against Pilgrim, were playing their second game in three days.
Despite holding Ponaganset to only 4 of their 14 shots inside the 18, the 'Bolt could not stop the opportunistic chances that the Chieftans took full advantage of.
At the 23:25 mark of the first half, junior Evan Hallberg lined a 40 yard shot which knuckled over the outstretched arms of Gio Canales.
In the second half, the Thunderbolt outshot the Chieftans, 12-6, but could not finish on several opportunities.
With under five minutes to play, the defense of Ponaganset was able to get it out of their defensive half against the full pressure of Cranston East.
After receiving a free kick at the 25 yard line, Alex Blanchard took a shot which hit the top post and landed over the line for a 2-0 lead with 3:15 remaining in the match.
Giovanni "Gio" Canales had another solid game for the 'Bolt by making eight saves. For the year, the sophomore has already made 14 saves in league play.
Cranston East, who has one of the youngest varsity rosters in the state (average age 15.7), look to win the first match of 2016 on Monday against Paul Cuffee at Cranston Stadium.
East breaks out against Paul Cuffee!
By Jacob Marrocco (Cranston Herald)
'Bolt garner tie in closing minutes!
After ending their scoreless streak against Paul Cuffee, the 'Bolt traveled to Providence Country Day to take on the 2014 Division III Champions.
Out of the gate, Cranston East looked sharp by scoring their first goal of the year when Nathan Hardy sent a pass to Richmond Miamen down the left touchline. Miamen, then, made a perfect pass to Kerin Murillo, who gave the Green and White a 1-0 lead two minutes into the game.
Although they controlled the field of play early, a lack of communication and two defensive lapses led to two easy goals for PCD for a 2-1 half-time lead.
"We did not mark our men correctly on two free kicks and it resulted in two goals," said Richard Grenier Jr., Assistant Coach.
In addition to a ten minute lapse on defense, the Thunderbolt missed three opportunities to score on breakaways in the first and second half.
Despite that, junior tri-captain Ayo George made sure that the Green and White would leave with at least a point when he scored the tying goal with less than four minutes to go in the contest.
At the 36:33 mark, Kerin Murillo sent a corner kick to back post where George headed the ball past the Knight goalkeeper.
Giovanni Canales, who was stellar in net for East, recorded a season high 15 saves.
Thunderbolt post shutout on the road!
After eleven days off, the Cranston East boys' soccer team did not show any signs of rust in shutting out Rogers, 4-0, in Newport.
Although they outshot the Vikings, 17-3 in the first half, the 'Bolt only held on to 1-0 lead courtesy of Richmond Miamen who took a pass that was sent from the right touchline into the box by Carlos Montt.
In the second half, the 'Bolt continued to control the field of play by outshooting the Vikings 16-7.
At the 18 minute mark, freshman Kerin Murillo set up fellow classmate Angel Lopez with a perfect pass to the right. Lopez beat the goalkeeper to his right for 2-0 lead.
11 minutes later, senior tri-captain, Carlos Montt, took control of the ball in the midfield and dribbled by two defenders before extending the East lead to 3-0.
Murillo made it 4-0 (assisted by Nathaniel Hardy) with under 7 minutes to play.
Giovanni Canales picked up his second league shutout of the year with six saves.
'Bolt turn back rebuilding Spartans!
Cranston East improved their record to 3-1-2 on the year with a 5-0 victory over the rebuilding Spartans of 'Scituate.
East, who also has one of the youngest rosters in the state, out-shot the blue and white, 30-2.
East comes from behind to tie Pride!
On Monday, the Cranston East Thunderbolts came from behind to settle for a 2-2 tie against RIIL newcomer, Blackstone Valley Prep - Mayoral Academy.
Unfortunately for the Green and White, they came out flat against an inspired "Pride" eleven who scored two goals in the game's first ten minutes.
Despite their sluggish start, East was able to outshoot their opponents, 20-9.
The Cranston East boys’ soccer team didn’t have a goal in 160 minutes of Division III action leading up to Monday’s matchup with Paul Cuffee.
East battles senior-laden
Cranston East Senior Captains
Cranston East Juniors
Ayodeji "Ayo" George
Cranston East Coaches
Richard Grenier Jr.
Richard Grenier Sr.
Cranston East Sophomores
Front: Giovanni "Gio" Canales, Luke Hogan & Allen Recinos
Back: Moses Reyes, Dennis Montalvo, Jeremy Mendoza &Brandon Venda
Cranston East Freshmen