Welcome to Trojan Thursday – So what exactly is Trojan Thursday? Trojan Thursday is a weekly email to give the UNI community an update on what is happening with our UNI athletic teams and will also give information as to major events that are happening on campus.  If you would like to receive Trojan Thursday each week please go to and type in your email address. You will receive a notice each week when Trojan Thursday is posted. Please help spread the word about Trojan Thursday so everyone can hear about how our athletes are doing.

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Winter Sports

CIF play-off updates

Boys Soccer:

The Boys Soccer team has had a season to remember!  Making it all the way to the CIF Quarterfinals, what an accomplishment!  The boys played at home last Saturday, Feb. 25th against Norwalk.  You can read all about it in the OC Varsity article below.

Loss leaves University feeling sick to stomach

February 25, 2017 9:02 PM

Injuries and illness finally took its toll on the University boys soccer team, leaving it a step behind Norwalk, which edged the host Trojans, 1-0, in Saturday’s CIF-SS Division 4 quarterfinal match.

University (19-2-3) was missing four starters and two of the players in the starting lineup, Coach Martin Wallwork said, have been bedridden for three days with flu-like symptoms.

And then, five minutes before halftime, the Trojans’ team captain and center back, Zach Howard, had to leave the game with a hamstring injury.

In University’s game on Thursday, Wallwork had to go deep into the bench, too, needing to replace five injured players.

“And they gave everything they had, and that took it out of them,” Wallwork said. “We didn’t look sharp today. We looked heavy-legged, and we couldn’t put it together. Losing our center back just before halftime was too big a loss to absorb.”

And in the first minute of overtime, the Trojans makeshift back line couldn’t hold off the Lancers (18-6-1) any longer, allowing Rudy Cruz to curl a 20-yard shot inside the far post.

“It is a tough way to go out,” Wallwork said. “But we won it on a golden goal the other day, so we have been on both sides. It has been a great season. Making it to the quarterfinals for a team that only starts three seniors is a massive step.”

The Trojans had a couple of a chances in regulation to put the the Lancers away. In the 35th minute, Pedro Palmaka drew a foul 2 yards outside of the box. Darious Abdollahi fired a low, hard free kick toward the far post, which Kevin Guzman stopped for the Lancers. The rebound, though, went to Sam Kammerman, who launched a shot just over the crossbar for the Trojans.

University’s best chance came in the 43rd minute when Palmaka caught the Lancers goalkeeper playing out of position. Palmaka lofted a high, arcing shot toward an empty net, but again the Trojans’ aim was a bit too high.

“I am unbelievably proud of the boys though,” Wallwork said. “They will be sad that they couldn’t go on, but when it all settles down, they will realize what they did. I am incredibly proud of them.”

Girls Soccer:

The girl’s soccer team had an amazing season this year, making it all the way to the CIF Quarterfinals.  Despite a strong effort by the Trojans, they were defeated by Temecula Valley 0-4.  Congratulations to the girls for a very successful season.  We can’t wait to see what you will bring to the table next year!


Wrestling had an outstanding season. We took 2nd in League and was 7-3 overall.

We had many tournament places on all levels. Ethan Maniss, Jordan Elam and Lorena Egea all won tournaments and went the farthest in post season.

We qualified 11 wrestlers for CIF. We came away with 3 medalists. Ethan Maniss,Jordan Elam and Hans Valdez.

Lorena Egea made it all the way to state and took top 10. Losing in what wrestling calls the blood round. Despite an injury she battled and battled.

We look forward to keep on improving and still looking for new wrestlers.

Spring Sports

Let’s take a look at how our teams are doing


The Trojan Baseball team opened up their season with a split of a double header v La Quinta last Saturday. Our boys lost in game one by a final of 3-2. Jacob Collins did a great job and pitched a complete game. Our bats came alive in game two and the Trojans came away with a 4-1 victory. David Schlomovits threw a one hitter through 5 2/3 innings to record the win. Our boys have their home opener this afternoon v Whittier at 3:00. Good Luck Baseball Boys!


The Uni Softball team will play their first pre-season game of the year on Tuesday, March 7th v. Loara High School.  Both JV and Varsity games will be played on the Uni Softball Fields at 3:15pm.  Come out and cheer on the girls!

Boys Lacrosse:

Congratulations to Phat Nguyen for being named MaxLAX OC’s “Workhorse of the Week”!  The boys will be playing a home game against Esperanza this Friday, March 3rd at 4:00 in the stadium.  Come out and support!

University’s Phat Nguyen is the Workhorse of the Week

By Brandon Ross
February 26, 2017


(Courtesy of Phat Nguyen)

University high school freshman Phat Nguyen has been named the Athlete’s Choices Workhorse of the Week. Nguyen who just started playing lacrosse last month was nominated by his head coach Andreas Gaynor. Gaynor has been impressed by Nguyen’s work ethic and ability to absorb the skills necessary to play competitively on the high school level.

“He has only played for a month, but he is a sponge at practice,” Gaynor said. “He is always asking how things are done. When I show him the techniques he immediately practices, then tries to apply them.”

The freshman athlete played football at University during the fall as a wide receiver and cornerback for the school’s frosh team. While practicing with his older sister who plays for the girls’ lacrosse team at the school, Nguyen decided to try out for the boys’ team and found the sport makes him a better athlete.

While the relationship is just beginning, Nguyen could not be happier to be in Gaynor’s program and looks to him as a role model. In just a month’s time, he feels his skills have gotten better and better.

“(Gaynor) has really taught me a lot of things about the sport and got me started to like lacrosse,” Nguyen said via email. “He is also my first lacrosse coach, so I have the rest of my high school years with him and I hope that I can get to learn more from him and about him.”

University played a scrimmage against Norco on Saturday and will open their regular season Monday against Damien.

Girls Lacrosse:

Girls Lacrosse kicked off their season this week with a scrimmage against Valencia.  Although the game started out with the Lady Trojans falling behind by a few goals, the team quickly regained their footing and finished out with a win.  However, the real business started on Wednesday when preseason began with a match against El Dorado High School.  The team held off a fierce second half resurgence from El Dorado to finish with a win, 11-8.  Ashlyn Wang (Sr.) led the scoring with 4 goals and Ashley Chandler (Jr.) was right behind her, netting 3.  Gracelyn Caceros (So.), had 9 saves to keep Uni on the winning side.  Next up is the Rose Bowl Tournament this weekend followed by a home match on Tuesday, March 6th.  Come out and support!

Boys & Girls Swimming:

The swim team will kick off their pre-season at the Irvine City Relays this Friday, March. 3rd.  The event begins at 3:00PM at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center.  Go Uni Swimming!

Boys & Girls Track & Field:

Boys and Girls Track and Field kick off their season with their first meet of the season against El Modena which is now been 30 consecutive years and counting.  The meet will be at El Modena High School Thursday, March 2nd at 3:00PM.

Go Trojan Track and Field!

Boys Golf:

With the departure of 4 seniors, this is a rebuilding season anchored by Sophomore Connor O’Brien and Captained by Junior Dylan Kurnnemann.  We will also count on Sophomore Jerry Li to steady this young team.  We officially start our season this Thursday 3/2 at home (Strawberry Farms Golf Club) against El Toro High School with a 2:30 tee time.  We welcome anyone who wants to come out and support the boys!

Boys Tennis:

Boys tennis got off to a great start to the 2017 season defeating San Marino 9-9 (won on games).  Michael Rudin and kai Soto-dessen swept at third doubles and Patryk Kozlowski won the deciding match at 2nd singles to lead the Trojans.  The boys also defeated Santa Margarita HS 15-3 to move to 2 and 0 on the season.

However, yesterday (March 1st) the boys suffered their first defeat of the season losing to Harvard Westlake.  Freshmen Soomin Lee and captain Hans Hwang won two of three sets for the Trojans. The boys are back in play tomorrow against Peninsula high at the Racquet Club of Irvine.

Boys Volleyball:

The Boys Volleyball team has their first home game of the season this Friday, March 3d against El Modena.  Frosh/Soph and JV at 4:00 and Varsity at 5:15.  Come out and support the boys!

Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletic events

(Home events in BOLD)

Thursday, March 2nd  
Boys Golf v El Toro @ Strawberry Farms – 2:30PM
Track & Field @ El Modena – 3:00PM
Boys Tennis v Peninsula – 3:00PM
Baseball v Whittier – 3:00PM

Friday, March 3rd  
Swimming – Irvine Relays @ Woollett Aquatic Ctr. – 3:00PM
Boys Lacrosse v Esperanza -4:00PM
Boys Volleyball v El Modena–5:15PM

Saturday, March 4th  
Girls Lacrosse – Rosebowl Jamboree – TBA
Baseball @ Los Amigos – 11:00AM

Monday, March 6th
Boys Golf v J Serra @ Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club – 12:00PM
Baseball @ Fullerton – 3:00PM
Boys Lacrosse v Vista Murrieta – 4:00PM

Tuesday, March 7th  
Boys Tennis v Los Alamitos – 3:00PM
Softball v Loara – 3:15PM
Girls Lacrosse v Esperanza – 4:00PM
Boys Volleyball @ Mission Viejo – 5:15PM

Wednesday, March 8th
Swimming v Laguna Hills – 3:00PM
Boys Lacrosse v Murrieta Valley – 4:00PM

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Kevin McCaffrey and Mark Cunningham
Athletic Directors
University High School



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