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.