The No. 1 Cranston East Thunderbolts were stunned and ousted from the Boys Soccer Division II Quarterfinal on Monday night by the No. 8 Mount Pleasant Kilties 1-0 at Cranston Stadium.
It was the first time that the Bolts were shut out this season.
Mount Pleasant came out of the gate with a lot of energy and it kept that intensity up for the entire 80 minutes.
The lone goal of the match came with 15:20 remaining in the first half when Andre Chavez Portillo slipped an unassisted tally past East sophomore goalkeeper Jorge Avila after the keeper came out of the net to charge a loose ball.
“There was a little miscommunication on that and it was a fluke goal,” Bolts head coach Richard Grenier said. “Usually, we don’t give that up.”
The Kilties stayed on the offensive for the rest of the first half, but once the second frame began, they went into a more defensive style of play.
“They were definitely playing for the 1-0 win in the second half,” Grenier said. “And unfortunately, we just couldn’t put the ball past the line. And give credit to their goalie, he made some nice saves. He’s the real MVP of the game.”
Mount Pleasant goalkeeper Hector Lopez made 12 saves and East’s Avila denied four.
The Bolts outshot the Kilties 25-6 for the game and 16-2 in the second half.
East's closest opportunity came less than eight minutes into the second frame when East senior All-Stater Kerin Murillo sent a corner kick towards the far post to Angel Lopez, only to have it blocked by Mount Pleasant's Hector Lopez, who got a foot on it just before it could cross the goal line.
The Bolts finished the regular season atop DII with an overall record of 13-2-2.
“I’m proud of what we’ve done,” Grenier concluded. “It would have been nice to make a run in the playoffs again. But being first place in the regular season out of 17 teams is a great accomplishment. So, I know the kids aren’t going to want to hear that, but it’s the truth.”