Cranston East Soccer
Many Thunderbolts received post-season accolades from the Rhode Island Soccer Coaches Association (RISCA). First, seniors Carter Haid and Carlos Montt were selected to play in RISCA's annual senior soccerfest. The game will be played on November 20th (10:00 AM) at Johnston High School.
In addition, players who earned All-Division and All-Academic awards were: Ayodeji "Ayo" George (First Team), Giovanni "Gio" Canales (First Team), Carlos Montt (Second Team), Kerin Murillo (Second Team), Pedro Saravia (Third Team) and Richmond Miamen (Honorable Mention). Junior Nathaniel Hardy earned All-Academic honors.
The Cranston East Varsity finished their season by going 1-1 in the Division III playoffs. After graduating 11 seniors from last year's team and replacing 9 starters, the young and inexperienced Thunderbolts had a roller-coaster season as they learned to play together at the varsity level.
By the end of the season, East (6-6-5 in Division III play) not only qualified for the playoffs as the number 8 seed, but won their Preliminary Round match against Tiverton, 2-1, before losing to two-time divisional champion, Davies in the Quarterfinals.
The 'Bolt received a standout year from sophomore goalkeeper, Giovanni "Gio" Canales. Canales, who earned four shutouts during the year, recorded 167 saves in net.
As an offense, CHSE ranked 6th out of 16 teams with 36 goals scored. Offensively, they were led by Kerin Murillo (9 goals; 12 assists), Richmond Miamen (10 goals; 5 assists), Carlos Montt (4 goals; 4 assists), Angel Lopez (5 goals; 1 assist), Ayo George (2 goals; 4 assists), Nathaniel Hardy (1 goal; 4 assists), Moses Reyes (3 goals) and Isaiah Rosa (1 goal; 2 assists).
As a defense, the 'Bolt ranked 7th out of 16 teams in goals allowed. Leading defenders were Carter Haid (sweeper/stopper), Pedro Saravia (marking back), Adnel Lopez (marking back), Ayo George (sweeper/stopper) and Luke Hogan (stopper).
The Cranston East Junior Varsity had a stellar year, finishing 9-2-4 for the season.
The young 'Bolts gave up only 15 goals on the year. Freshman Adnel Lopez (32 saves) allowed only 6 goals in 9 games played, while sophomore Allen Recinos (32 saves) allowed just 8 goals in 7 appearances.
The Thunderbolt received goals from 15 different players, en route to a 30 goal season. Leading scorers included: Jeremy Mendoza (6 goals; 1 assist), Kevin Justiano (5 goals; 2 assists), Angel Lopez (4 goals; 1 assist), David DaSilva (4 goals; 1 assist), Declan Hanley (1 goal; 3 assists), Devin White (1 goal; 3 assists) and Javes Cabera (1 goal; 3 assists.)
Each year, the Cranston East coaches and players pride themselves on displaying sportsmanship on the pitch.
This season, the 'Bolt received just one yellow card (delay game) in 19 games played.
In fact, the Green and White, who had a 31 game streak without a card spanning from 2013-2015, have received only three cards (two delay of games), over the past three seasons (55 games played).
The former 'Bolt All-Stater is in second 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 this fall. Vazquez, who started in 18 of 20 games for the Anchormen, has recorded 2 goals and 8 assists on the year.
The former First-Team All-Division selection from Cranston East in 2014 joined fellow 'Bolt graduate, Dennis Vazquez, as a member of the Anchormen this fall.
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, looks to help the Lynx in the New England Collegiate Conference.