Friday night, the Tulip City United squad traveled to Lansing to challenge Lansing Common FC in a group stage match in the Grand River Open Cup tournament. The Tulips played very well in the first half creating many strong scoring chances, but the half ended 0-0. In the second half, again the Holland side played well, but the Robins started to press, and T.C.U. keeper Andrew Marsh made some incredible saves to keep Lansing off the score sheet. In the 90th minute, Marxus Lugo took a direct kick that Connor Fowler was able to skip pass with his head to Levi Crooks who nodded the ball past into the net for the dramatic 1-0 win. “We played well,” said Tulip City United coach Greg Ceithaml. “I was very proud of the way we moved the ball in such a hostile environment. The Robins had 500 vocal fans packing the stands. Our players kept their poise, maintained their focus, and earned a good win on the road.” Tulip City United is now 4-2-3 for the season and the Holland club will host the Michigan Stars from Detroit on Saturday, July 9 at 6:00 pm at the Holland High soccer field.
On Sunday evening. The Tulip City United team traveled to Dearborn, Michigan, and defeated the Cedars FC 2-1. The Tulips played an excellent first half, dominating possession, but succumbed to a quick counterattack that created the 0-1 deficit at halftime. The team made some adjustments and came out with determination and verve. After a number of attempts. Paulo Alcala fed the ball to Nic Kubert who scored on a quick move into the box. Just a few minutes later, goalie Sean O’Meara hit a long ball that found the foot of a streaking Jordan Walker to make the score 2-1. At that point, T.C.U. absorbed pressure. The Tulips scored a third goal that was negated by an offsides call. In the end, O’Meara earned an impressive clean sheet, and the three points from the win catapults the team into third place in the league. “I was very happy with the way we played today,” said Tulip City United coach Greg Ceithaml. “We kept our poise and controlled the tempo. It is hard to win on the road, but the team’s effort tonight was enough for the win.” T.C.U. is now 3-2-2 in the Midwest Premier League with 11 points behind Cedars FC with 12 points and Inter Detroit with 15 points. The Tulips’ next game is next Friday on the road to face the Lansing Common FC in the Grand River Open Cup.
On Saturday night, the Tulip City United team tied with the Grand Haven Admirals 1-1. The point keeps the Tulips near the top of the table in the Midwest Premier League standings. The first half was back and forth with both teams having momentum at different times. Tulip City United was able to push forward just before halftime when forward Nick Kubert rocketed a shot off the side post and Jordan Walker converted the ricochet to give Holland’s club the 1-0 lead. Tulip City United played better in the second half aided by the defensive pressure from midfielders Levi Crooks, Ethan Jansen, and Grant Hofland. In stoppage time, a foul just outside the top of the box gave the Admirals one last opportunity, which they converted to create the final 1-1 score. “It was a tense battle with a lot of emotion,” said the Tulip City United coach Greg Ceithaml. “I was happy with the way we played. We did everything we had to do to win. We have to learn how to close out games.” The T.C.U. soccer club will travel to the Cedars FC in Dearborn, MI next Sunday.
On Wednesday night, the Tulip City United soccer team hosted the Grand Rapids club BiH in the group stage of the Grand River Open Cup tournament. The Tulips held possession for most of the first and second half despite the intense heat of the day. Forwards Jordan Walker and Nic Kubert had dangerous shots, but the team could not convert. Towards the end of the match, BiH created a few opportunities that were saved by both keepers Andrew Marsh and Saul Gomez. With four minutes to go in regulation, BiH hit the net, but the goal was called back for offsides. After regulation, the game went directly into penalty kicks. Unfortunately, TCU’s first attempt was saved. After that, each of the Tulip penalty kicks went in, but the team dropped the shootout 4-5. “Today, we played well,” said Tulip City United coach Greg Ceithaml. “BiH played with consistency and determination that we anticipated. Our play was a step forward. We are all disappointed with the final result, but I am happy with our style of play.” Tulip City United has another Midwest Premier League home game on Saturday when they host the Grand Haven Admirals at 7:00 on Saturday. Fans can get tickets at www.TulipCityUnited.com.
On Sunday night in Riverview, MI, the Tulip City United team dropped its second Midwest Conference Game to Inter Detroit 3-0. The Holland team was under pressure but the defense of Conner Fowler, Jared Cromwell, Jackson Strabel, and Michael Saldana kept keeper Sean O’Meara safe. In the second half, the team pressured the Inter Detroit goal more but could not convert. With 18 minutes left in the half, the Tulips conceded a goal. Unfortunately, a penalty kick was awarded just a few minutes after that, and riding an emotional high, the Detroit team converted a third goal with only a few minutes left. “It was a disappointing game,” said the Tulip City United coach Greg Ceithaml. “We did not play well. We gave up the ball too easily. I give credit to Inter Detroit for their persistence. We have to connect passes and maintain possession if we want to be successful going forward. We will work on it, and we look forward to playing at home this week.” Tulip City United will host BiH from Grand Rapids on Wednesday, June 15 at 7:00 in a rare midweek match. The game will help determine the finals in the Grand River Open Cup tournament. Tickets for the match can be purchased at www.TulipCityUnited.com .
On Saturday evening, the Tulip City United team lost their first game of the season to the Michigan Jaguars 3-1. The Jaguars struck first when Hasan Daoud shot from distance beating TCU goalie Andrew Marsh to the right corner just ten minutes into the first half. Ten minutes later, the Tulips were awarded a penalty kick that Levi Crooks converted to tie up the score. Just moments after that, the Jaguars were awarded a penalty kick. Again, Hasan Daoud scored and put the Jaguars on top 2-1. In the second half, Tulip City pressed, but the Jaguars handled the pressure and transitioned. Jaguar Ren Suzuki scored the final goal of the match with just over twelve minutes to go. “We were tentative and indecisive,” said Tulip City United coach Greg Ceithaml. “Credit the Michigan Jaguars who pressured us into making many uncharacteristic mistakes. It is hard to lose, but we are learning more about our team and we will work hard to improve for next week.” The loss drops the Tulip City United club to 2-1-1 and into a tie for second place behind Inter Detroit. Coincidently, the Tulips travel to Inter Detroit next weekend with a chance to regain the top of the table. The game is Saturday, June 11 at 5:00.
Photos by Auden Ceithaml
Photos by Auden Ceithaml
On Saturday evening, the Tulip City United team earned 1st place in the Midwest Premier League’s Eastern Conference by defeating former #1 team Livonia FC 3-0. The Tulips opened the scoring Just two minutes into the match when Ethan DeWitt struck a direct kick to the near post where midfielder Ethan Jansen deflected the ball past the keeper. Livonia FC pressed for most of the half, but were not able to score on the defensive line of Marxus Lugo, Conner Fowler, Jared Cromwell, and Jackson Strabel. In the second half, Tulip City United came out with more offense. Ethan Jansen struck again with a beautiful shot from distance to make it 2-0. Injuries forced T.C.U. to play a man down for the last 15 minutes, but despite playing with only 10 men, the Holland team struck again when Jackson Strabel hit a long direct kick into the box and Christian Mendoza-Huynh beat the keeper for the header. Tulip City United’s defense and keeper Sean O’Meara were able to keep the leading goal-scoring team in the conference off the score-sheet, and took over soul possession of first place. “I was very happy with the effort today,” said Tulip City United coach Greg Ceithaml. “The defense did an incredible job under pressure. Livonia FC is a dangerous team, but our boys held them at bay.”
Tulip City United is now 2-0-1 and travels to Wixom to face the Michigan Jaguars next Saturday.
Photo by Auden Ceithaml
Holland’s Tulip City United Soccer Club played in its first away league game and came away with a 1-1 tie with Lansing Common FC on Saturday evening. Hundreds of soccer fans cheered their teams on at Lansing Eastern’s stadium when the two teams took the pitch. The game went back an forth with both teams gaining and losing momentum. Despite a number of chances, Tulip City United could not convert before Lansing Common striker Ramzi Shaheen got behind the defense and blasted a shot past keeper Sean O’Meara. In the second half, T.C.U. subbed on Charlie Wick, Nic Biel, Grant Hofland and Marxus Lugo to add pressure. Unfortunately, the Lansing Commons team started the half with greater energy and pinned down the Holland boys in their own defensive third. After 15 minutes of defense, Tulip City United started a counter attack that lead to Grant Hofland slotting a ball to Jordan Walker to knot the score at 1-1. It was Jordan Walker’s third goal in just two games. The end of the match saw a few more good chances, but ended in a draw. “It was a great atmosphere,” said Holland coach Greg Ceithaml. “In the match, momentum oscillated. Both teams had opportunities. Winning a point on the road is a good result for us. We will learn from this experience and move forward.” Tulip City is now 1-0-1 in the Midwest Premier League, and the team will host Livonia City FC next Saturday at the Holland High soccer field at 6:00 pm.
Holland’s Tulip City United Soccer Club played in its first league game and came away with a 5-0 win over Detroit FC on Saturday evening. For the second time in two weekends, there was a large crowd at the Holland High School soccer field to watch Holland’s team take the field. Saturday’s game started with a bang when a Detroit FC defender took down Isaiah Arredondo within the first 13 minutes, and since he was the last defender, earned a red card. On the ensuing direct kick, a Tulip City shot was deflected to Ethan Jansen who converted the goal. Five minutes later, Levi Crooks fed the ball to Jordan Walker to put T.C.U. up 2-0 at the half. In the second half, playing a player down began to wear on the Detroit side and Tulip City United started getting better opportunities for scoring.
Christian Mendoza-Huynh got a pass from Jordan Walker for an easy conversion. Next, Paulo Alcala fed Mendoza-Huynh for his second goal of the match. Jordan Walker capped the scoring with a beautiful finish from a pass by Charlie Wick. Goalkeepers Andrew Marsh and Saul Gomez earned the clean sheet behind central defenders Connor Fowler and Brett Timmer. “I was happy with the first league game,” said Tulip City United coach Greg Ceithaml. I liked the way we moved the ball. I was also happy to see unselfish play, which was exemplified by Levi Crooks’ pass to Jordan Walker for our second goal. If we play like that consistently, we should do well this summer.” Tulip City United is now 1-0 and travel to Lansing Commons next Saturday.
Photo by Auden Ceithaml
Over 400 people came out on a splendid Saturday evening to support us for our home opener! Thank you to our friends at Muskegon FC for giving us a great battle. We were delighted to welcome youth from United Soccer Athletes and Holland Rovers for our first walk-on.
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We hope to see you all again next week for our Midwest Premier League debut!