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!
TCU has signed Michael Saldaña for the 2022 season! Saldaña is a strong defender/midfielder who won a state championship with Holland High School and played for Muskegon Community College. Welcome, Michael!
The start of Tulip City United's long-awaited inaugural season commences with an exhibition against Muskegon FC today at 6pm! Tickets are only $5 per person and will be available at the gate. To order single-game and season tickets online, visit our Ludus partner site: www.tulipcityunited.ludus.com
Supporters will be meeting at Tulip City Brewstillery before the match and parade from there to the home stadium at 5:30. Jhomary's Paradise will have a food truck on site, offering snacks and treats.
TCU has signed Nic Kubert for the 2022 season! Kubert is a talented midfielder/forward from Hope College. Welcome, Nic!
TCU has signed Jackson Strabel for the 2022 season! Strabel is a physical defender from Hope college. Welcome, Jackson!
TCU has signed Ethan Vollstedt for the 2022 season! Ethan is a solid defensive midfielder from Holland who now plays at Alma College. Welcome, Ethan!
TCU has signed Bretton Timmer for the 2022 season! Timmer is a talented midfielder who played at Holland High School. Welcome, Brett!