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