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