TROJAN THURSDAY 1/25/18

Welcome to Trojan Thursday – So what exactly is Trojan Thursday? Trojan Thursday is a weekly email/online blog 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 https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com 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 how our athletes are doing.

What’s Happening on Campus

Friday, Jan. 26th – Winter Sports Assembly and Trojan Army Day!  Wear your Trojan Army shirt tomorrow (Friday) and come to the assembly to support our teams!

Upcoming Sports Try-outs: All athletes must show current Uni Athletic ID card to coach prior to participating in try-outs.

Boys Volleyball: Thursday, January 25th @ 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. @ Uni Gym

Track & Field: Friday, January 26th @ 3:00 p.m. @ Uni Track

Baseball: Sat. Feb. 10th 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Must email Coach Gerakos if interested in attending)

Softball: Feb. 13th @ 3:00 p.m. @ Uni Softball Fields

Support the Girls Volleyball Team!

Corsage and Boutonniere for Winter Formal Feb. 3rd

Standard Rose $30 per set
Orchid or specialty flowers $35 per set

Deadline to order is Wednesday, January 31st
Cash payment due at time of order.  Flower pick up is on Saturday from 10:00am – 12:00p.m. at UHS (by the gym parking lot).
Order forms and payment will be collected in front of the main gym every day after 6th period.

For additional information contact Nidia Shuemaker at nshuemaker@yahoo.com

Winter Sports Update

Boys Basketball

Tomorrow night the Boys Varsity Basketball team will face Northwood in a big PCL showdown in the Uni gym at 7:00 p.m.  Last Saturday the Trojans played an excellent game and defeated La Salle High of Pasadena 95 – 87 at the East Los Angeles College Challenge.  Alex Bray scored 34 points and Kevin Yahampath added 26 to go along with eight assists.  Will Stenta scored ten points and grabbed 13 rebounds.  Tuesday University dropped a tough one, 85 – 70 at Beckman.  Bray finished with 33 points while Stenta recorded another double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds.  The Trojans are second in the county in team scoring while Alex Bray is the leading individual scorer in Orange County averaging 28.1 points a game.  Kevin Yahampath is leading the county in assists with a 10.3 average.  Uni also leads the county in three points field goals with 246 made, an 11.7 average per game.  Please come out tomorrow to watch the boys play.  The Trojans currently have a 14 – 7 record.

Girls Basketball

The girls basketball team is currently 5-0 after finishing the first half of league play.  Last Thursday they beat cross town rival Woodbridge 52 to 41 with standout performances by Malia Goldsmith with 18 points and Ashley Chandler with 14 points.  Then the Lady Trojans travelled to Beckman Tuesday night to pull out a victory over the Patriots 46-41.  Ashley Chandler led all scores with 20 points, while Malia Goldsmith added 14 and Neeyaz Cyrus had 10 points and 14 rebounds.  Next they will take on Northwood at home on Friday night at 530pm.

Boys Soccer

The Uni Boys Soccer team defeated Beckman on Tuesday with a huge 4-0 win. The boys will take on Northwood away today, Jan. 25th.  The boys are now ranked #1 in the polls for Division 3 soccer.   Great job boys!

Girls Soccer

Girls had a tough loss on Tuesday against Beckman. We are hoping for a better result today against Northwood here at 3:15pm. Please come down and cheer us on.

Girls Water Polo

Last Thursday, the lady Trojans went against school rival, the Woodbridge Warriors.  At half Trojans were held to two goals, scored by Ysabel Nakasone and Angela Yan.  Entering the third quarter, and a score of 5-2, our Lady Trojans, led by Caitlyn Kissinger, and Maria Langlois scored 4 straight goals.  Following these goals, UNI had to focus on defense.  Great team defense and strong efforts by Senior goalie Anne Chen, Seniors Ali Huxman and Mabel Guo, and Yuuri Yoshikawa, Joy Chen, Anne Campbell, and Jasmine Choi, UNI successfully stopped Woodbridge from scoring again.  Angela Yan went on to spark 4 more unanswered goals bringing the final score to 5 Woodbridge – 10 UNI.

This past Tuesday, the lady Trojans traveled to Beckman and struggled against the speed and strength Woodbridge shows at home.  With home school advantage and a bigger pool, the patriots out performed UNI in a 12-5 loss.  The next time we match up will be at home with the ladies ready for a rematch.

Tonight, Trojans play Northwood at Home 4:15pm.  Come support our LADY TROJANS!!! 

Wrestling

The wrestling team will compete in league finals this Saturday starting at 9:00am at Irvine High School.  Best of luck!

17-18 Winter GOW Schedule

Sport Day Date Time Location Opponent
Wrestling Wednesday 12/20 6:00 UHS Gym Corona Del Mar
Girls Water Polo Thursday

 

1/18 4:15 UHS Pool Woodbridge
Girls Soccer Thursday 2/1 3:15 Uni Stadium Irvine
Girls Basketball Friday 2/2 5:30 UHS Gym Irvine
Boys Basketball Friday 2/2 7:00 UHS Gym Irvine
Boys Soccer Thursday 2/8 3:15 Uni Stadium Woodbridge

Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events
(Home events in Blue)

Thursday, January 25th      
Girls Soccer v Northwood – 3:15 p.m.
Boys Soccer @ Northwood – 3:15 p.m.
Girls Water Polo v Northwood – 4:15 p.m.

Friday, January 26th
Girls Water Polo Tourney @ Ocean View – 3:40 p.m.
Girls Basketball v Northwood – 5:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball v Northwood – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 27th
Girls Water Polo Tourney @ Ocean View or Sunny Hills – TBA
Wrestling League Finals @ Irvine – 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, January 30th
Girls Soccer @ Corona Del Mar – 3:15 p.m.
Boys Soccer v Corona Del Mar – 3:15 p.m.
Girls Water Polo @ Corona Del Mar – 4:15 p.m.
Girls Basketball @ Corona Del Mar – 5:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball @ Corona Del Mar – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 31st  
Girls Water Polo v Irvine – 4:15

Continue to do what you can to help support UNI Athletics and:

  1. Attend the games
  2. Wear UNI clothing or colors to the games
  3. Attend the GOWs
  4. Support the Trojan Army so we can put on events and give always at big games
  5. Spread the word about Trojan Thursday – If someone is interested in receiving Trojan Thursday send them the link – http://trojanthursday.wordpress.com
  6. Get others to do the same

GO TROJANS!

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TROJAN THURSDAY 1/18/18

Welcome to Trojan Thursday – So what exactly is Trojan Thursday? Trojan Thursday is a weekly email/online blog 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 https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com 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 how our athletes are doing.

Pack the Gym Night Tonight!  Throw on your Trojan Army shirt and come out to the Uni Gym tonight for the much anticipated Pack the Gym Night.  Boys and Girls Basketball will take on rival Woodbridge.  Girls game starts at 5:30 and Boys game at 7:00.  Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Sports Try-outs:  All athletes must show current Uni Athletic ID card to coach prior to participating in try-outs.

Track & Field: Friday, January 26th @ 3:00 p.m. @ Uni Track

Boys Tennis: Wednesday, January 24th @ 2:30 p.m. @ Uni Tennis Courts

Baseball: Sat. Feb. 10th 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Must email Coach Gerakos if interested in attending)

Softball: Feb. 13th @ 3:00 p.m. @ Uni Softball Fields

Winter Sports Update

Boys Basketball

Uni boys basketball team hosts Woodbridge in big PCL game tonight

By TIM BURT | tiburt@scng.com | Orange County Register
January 18, 2018 at 11:31 am

University’s boys basketball team will host Woodbridge Thursday, Jan. 18 in a key Pacific Coast League game at 7 p.m.

All the PCL basketball girls and boys basketball games, including Irvine at Corona del Mar and Beckman at Northwood, are being held on Thursday instead of Friday because it is finals week in Irvine.

University (13-5, 2-1) will be going for its second win over Woodbridge this year. The Trojans defeated the Warriors 75-58 in the Gary Raya So Cal Elite Classic.

University captured a 79-67 victory over Irvine Tuesday night. Alex Bray led the Trojans with 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Shan Dharod made his first five three point attempts and finished with 18 points, according to Coach Mike Dinneen.

Will Stenta contributed 12 points and 9 rebounds before fouling out early in the fourth quarter, Dinneen added.

The Trojans also got a strong performance from Kevin Yahampath, who had 9 points and 10 assists.

The Trojans had a fast start, moving out to a  29-16 lead after one quarter. University led 50 -28 at halftime.

“The Trojans did not shoot well in the second half which allowed Irvine to get back in the game somewhat but Uni held on for the victory,” Dinneen said.

On Monday, University defeated Orangewood Academy 87-72 at the Mikey’s Longshot Challenge for Cancer Research at Corona del Mar High.

University broke the game open in the third quarter, scoring 36 points.

“It was the seventh win this year for the Trojans after trailing in the second half,” Dinneen said.

Bray led University with 39 points, 30 in the second half. scored Yahampath had 17 points and 10 assists.

Stenta had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

“The Trojans press was very effective recording 19 steals,” Dinneen said.

Girls Basketball

The Lady Trojans continued league play last week by defeating Northwood 59-38 with standout performance by Malia Goldsmith with 22 points and Ashley Chandler with 14 points.  The girls basketball team then went on to defeat Irvine on Tuesday night 63-43.  Malia Goldsmith had 23 points 6 assists, Ashley Chandler had 13 points 10 rebounds, and Karissa Shin added 10 points.  They will take on Woodbridge tonight (1/18) at 5:30 for Pack the gym night!

University girls basketball team 2-0 in PCL after 59-38 victory over Northwood

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By TIM BURT | tiburt@scng.com | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: January 15, 2018 at 3:14 pm | UPDATED: January 16, 2018 at 4:25 pm

University’s girls basketball team led from the start and went on to capture a 59-38 Pacific Coast League victory over Northwood Friday, Jan. 12, at Northwood.

The Trojans (14-5, 2-0) led 17-4 after one quarter and held a 34-14 halftime lead. The Trojans, with an 8-2 run at the start of the third quarter, moved out to a 42-16 lead to start the second half.

“We came out ready to play,” said University Coach Nicole Bradshaw. “Our outside shooting was a lot better tonight.”

University went into the game with a plan of trying to contain the Timberwolves’ leading scorer Erin Matsutsuyu, who was held to six points in the first half and 14 points in the game. Monique Meriweather  and Malia Goldsmith were guarding Matsutsuyu.

“We pushed the ball and we played excellent defense on Erin. Erin is a very, very good player and we did a really good job on her and our defense really helped,” Bradshaw said.

“The rest of the team had to cover everybody else and guard two people at once because sometimes we had two people on her. The defense is what did it and everybody contributed. That’s my favorite part. It’s not one person, it’s not even two people. We have four or five people scoring at will and I loved it. It was great. It was a good win for us.”

Goldsmith led University with 22 points while Ashley Chandler added 14 points and Claire Kawata had 9 points for University. Emily Ozima added 8 points for Northwood (6-10, 0-2).

Bradshaw was pleased with the play of Goldsmith, saying, “her game is really stepping up.”

“She still has her lapses, but she is becoming a smarter basketball player and being able to shoot and drive,” Bradshaw said. “She just makes everybody else look good and I think that’s my favorite part about her.”

Goldsmith was out for two weeks with a strained calf, but has recovered and is contributing greatly.

“It was a good hard win,” said Goldsmith. “We came out really, really strong and we hit some big three’s and came out with a lot of intensity and shut down one of their best players. I think it went really, really well.”

“I think it’s a good race. I think it’s going to be a good hard fought race and it’s going to be good to watch.”

Uni girls basketball team has a key PCL game tonight against Woodbridge

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Malia Goldsmith leads University into tonight’s Pacific Coast League showdown with Woodbridge. Tim Burt photo.

By TIM BURT | tiburt@scng.com | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: January 18, 2018 at 11:52 am | UPDATED: January 18, 2018 at 12:02 pm

University’s girls basketball team looks like the early favorite to win the Pacific Coast League title.

But the Trojans, off to a 3-0 start, could get a test Thursday, Jan. 18, when they host Woodbridge, which was also 3-0 to start the league, at 5:30 p.m. at University.

Woodbridge players went into the league thinking they had a shot at the league title as well.

“I would say us, but I don’t know,” University Coach Nicole Bradhaw said after the Trojans’ 59-38 victory over Northwood Friday, Jan. 12 when asked who the league favorite is. “I like our chances.”

All the PCL boys and girls basketball games this week are being held this week on Thursday, Jan. 18, because it was finals week this week in Irvine.

Normally, league games are held on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Boys Soccer

Boys Soccer plays Woodbridge today (1/18) at Woodbridge High.  JV and Frosh/Soph play at 3:15 while the Varsity game starts at 5:00 p.m.  Best of luck!

University boys soccer team off to fast start in PCL play

By BRENT SHAVER | Orange County Register
January 17, 2018 at 2:50 pm

The University High boys soccer team continued to roll in the Pacific Coast League.

The Trojans won their fifth straight game Thursday night, Jan. 11 beating Northwood, 6-0, on the road.

University improved its record to 10-1-2 overall and 2-0 in league.

The Trojans, who are ranked No. 3 in CIF Division 3, started league play with a 3-1 win over Corona del Mar at home last week.

The 6-0 win over Northwood wasn’t even University’s largest margin of victory this season.

Uni has 7-0 wins this season over both Kennedy and Canyon.

University has out-scored opponents, 33-6, so far this year heading into this week.

Maybe the most impressive part of University’s offensive firepower this season has been the balance in the scoring.

Fourteen different Trojan players have scored this year.

Pedro Palmaka has six goals to lead the way. But Sebastian Hertel, and Lee McEligot each have four goals and Darious Abdollahi and Omar Sabbah each have three goals.

Sam Kelley has scored two goals for University.

The Trojans will play at Woodbridge at Mark Daily field on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. in another league game.

Girls Soccer

The girls will be taking on Woodbridge at home today (1/18).  Varsity plays at 5:00 p.m.  It is their senior night and they will also be giving away tacos to the first 100 students at half time.  Come out and support the girls!

Girls Water Polo

Come out and support the girls for their GOW today, January 18th.   The girls will be playing Woodbridge at home.   Frosh/soph plays at 3:15, Varsity at 4:15 and JV at 5:15.  Best of luck girls!

Wrestling

Last night UNI wrestled Woodbridge and the last match ended with the team scores being tied 36-36, but UNI won by criteria by having more takedowns.  This Saturday the boys will be competing in the tournament hosted by Laguna Hills HS.  Lorena will be competing at the Lady Aztec Tournament hosted by Esperanza HS. Next Wednesday UNI will travel to Beckman in its last league dual of the season.

17-18 Winter GOW Schedule

Sport Day Date Time Location Opponent
Wrestling Wednesday 12/20 6:00 UHS Gym Corona Del Mar
Girls Water Polo Thursday

 

1/18 4:15 UHS Pool Woodbridge
Girls Soccer Thursday 1/25 3:15 Uni Stadium Northwood
Girls Basketball Friday 2/2 5:30 UHS Gym Irvine
Boys Basketball Friday 2/2 7:00 UHS Gym Irvine
Boys Soccer Thursday 2/8 3:15 Uni Stadium Woodbridge

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

(Home events in Blue)

Thursday, January 18th     
**GOW**Girls Water Polo v Woodbridge – 4:15 p.m.
Girls Soccer v Woodbridge – 5:00 p.m.
Boys Soccer @ Woodbridge – 5:00 p.m.
Girls Basketball v Woodbridge – 5:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball v Woodbridge – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 20th
Girls Wrestling Tournament @ Esperanza – 9:00 a.m.
Boys Wrestling Tournament @ Laguna Hills – 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, January 23rd
Girls Soccer @ Beckman – 3:15 p.m.
Boys Soccer v Beckman – 3:15 p.m.
Girls Water Polo @ Beckman – 4:15 p.m.
Girls Basketball @ Beckman – 5:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball @ Beckman – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 24th   
Wrestling @ Beckman – 6:00 p.m.

Continue to do what you can to help support UNI Athletics and:

  1. Attend the games
  2. Wear UNI clothing or colors to the games
  3. Attend the GOWs
  4. Support the Trojan Army so we can put on events and give always at big games
  5. Spread the word about Trojan Thursday – If someone is interested in receiving Trojan Thursday send them the link – http://trojanthursday.wordpress.com
  6. Get others to do the same

GO TROJANS!

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TROJAN THURSDAY 1/11/18

Welcome to Trojan Thursday – So what exactly is Trojan Thursday? Trojan Thursday is a weekly email/online blog 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 https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com 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 how our athletes are doing.

What’s Happening on Campus

Congrats to our Boys Lacrosse Coach, Andreas Gaynor, for being inducted into the Wissahickon High School Hall of Fame!  Andreas was honored at their 2017 Alumni Hall of Fame Induction on Oct. 6, 2017.  You can read about his accomplishments here: http://www.wsdweb.org/our-community/alumni/hall-of-fame/2017-hall-of-fame-inductees 

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Upcoming Sports Try-outs:  All athletes must show current Uni Athletic ID card to coach prior to participating in try-outs.

Boys Swimming: Friday, January 12th @ 4:00 p.m. @ Uni Pool

Track & Field: Friday, January 26th @ 3:00 p.m. @ Uni Track

Boys Tennis: January 2018 (Dates and Times TBA)

Softball: Feb. 13th @ 3:00 p.m. @ Uni Softball Fields

Baseball: Saturday, Feb. 10th from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. @ Uni Baseball Fields.  If interested in attending, contact Coach Gerakos in advance: michaelgerakos@iusd.org.

Winter Sports Update

Boys Basketball

On Tuesday the Boys Varsity Basketball Team opened Pacific Coast League play with an 82 – 78 victory over the Corona del Mar Sea Kings. Senior guards Alex Bray and Kevin Yahampath led the way by scoring 27 and 22 points, respectively.  Junior guard Andrea Roy added 11 points.  You can read all about the game in the OC Register article below. Tomorrow the boys travel to Northwood for a 7:00 p.m. game.  Over the break the boys participated in the Marin Catholic Tournament going 2 – 2.  The Trojans lost by five to the number one ranked team in San Francisco, University High, by a score of 85 – 80.  The boys posted two wins over Arcata High and Lincoln of San Francisco while dropping a contest to another San Francisco power, Lowell High.  Next week the Trojans are away at Irvine on Tuesday (1/16) and home on Thursday (1/18) after finals are over to Woodbridge.  The Trojans are currently 1 – 0 in league and 11 – 4 overall.

Bray leads University rally in final minute to knock off Corona del Mar

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By STEVE FRYER | sfryer@scng.com | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: January 9, 2018 at 10:46 pm | UPDATED: January 10, 2018 at 9:27 am

IRVINE – Alex Bray scored 27 points and made five free throws in the game’s final minute to help University defeat Corona del Mar 82-78 in the Pacific Coast League opener for both Tuesday at Corona del Mar High.

Corona del Mar won the league championship last season. Northwood finished second. Corona del Mar and Northwood look like leading candidates for the league title this year, and University has both of them on its schedule in this league-opening week.

University coach Mike Dinneen said it is crucial that the Trojans, who finished in a three-way tie for third place last season, have a good week.

“It’s really important to get at least one of the two,” Dinneen said, “and we got one.”

University, 11-4 overall, plays at Northwood on Friday. Corona del Mar (10-5) is home against Beckman in another league game Friday.

Corona del Mar had a 77-76 lead going into the final minute. Bray made two free throws with 44 seconds to go to put University on top 78-77. He then made a steal, slicing in front of a Corona del Mar player to intercept the pass like a football cornerback, was immediately fouled and made two free throws for an 80-77 lead with 27 seconds remaining.

The Sea Kings’ Connor Schimmelpfennig made a free throw to trim the University lead to two points with 14 seconds left.

Bray was fouled upon receiving the ensuing inbounds pass. He made the first of two free throws, making it 81-78, but missed the second. Corona del Mar’s Jake Hamilton missed a 3-point try from the corner, and University’s Will Stenta got the rebound, was fouled and, with one second remaining, made a free throw to provide the final four-point margin.

Corona del Mar 6-foot-6 senior Kevin Kobrine scored 35 points with 19 rebounds. Sea Kings sophomore John Humphreys scored 29 points, 12 in the fourth quarter. Humphreys and Kobrine accounted for 73 percent of Corona del Mar’s scoring.

University’s Kevin Yahampath scored 22 points with five 3-pointers. Brandon Liu collected a team-high six rebounds for the Trojans.

Bray was 1 for 4 at the free-throw line before finishing with a 5-for-6 run in the game’s final minute. He said he was more relaxed at the line when his free throws were most important.

“I’m glad I could hit them down the stretch and help us get this win,” Bray said.

“Alex made the big plays down the stretch,” Dinneen said. “He got that steal and he all of his free throws down the stretch. He’s a big-time player.”

Girls Basketball

The Lady Trojan Basketball team is having a successful season thus far.  They are 13-5 and have set their goals high.  They took home 1st place in the WYBT Hawaii tournament over the Winter Break and have started off league play with a win over Corona Del Mar.  Claire Kawata and Ashley Chandler were standouts in the Hawaii Tournament and last night Malia Goldsmith had 24 points against CDM.  All the ladies are playing great basketball right now and will head to Northwood Friday night to take on the Timberwolves.

Boys Soccer

Boys soccer is now ranked #2 in OC behind only Servite.  Last week the OC register athlete of the week was our own Lee McEligot.  We beat Canyon 7-0 and San Juan Hills 5-0 last week and opened up league with a huge 3-1 victory over CDM on Tuesday.  Two goals from Pedro Palmaka and one from Sebastian Hertel.  Record now is 8-1-2.  We play at home today, Jan. 11th vs Northwood.  All three levels play at 3:15, come out and support the team!

Orange County boys soccer athlete of the week: University’s Lee McEligot

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University’s Lee McEligot is the Register’s boys soccer athlete of the week for Monday, Jan. 8. (Photo courtesy of University High)

By DAMIAN DOTTORE | ddottore@scng.com | Orange County Register
January 8, 2018 at 3:23 pm

The Register’s boys soccer athlete of the week for Monday, Jan. 8.

Lee McEligot
University

He finished the week with three goals and an assist to help the Trojans defeat Canyon and San Juan Hills. He scored two goals in a 7-0 victory against the Comanches.

University soccer gets breakthrough win against Corona del Mar in PCL opener

By DAMIAN DOTTORE | ddottore@scng.com | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: January 9, 2018 at 9:07 pm | UPDATED: January 10, 2018 at 6:35 pm

RVINE – University boys soccer coach Martin Wallwork summed up Tuesday’s 3-1 Pacific Coast League victory against Corona del Mar with one word.

“Relief,” he said.

It was the first time in his five years with the Trojans that he topped his rival. And it was also a triumph that served as a good barometer for status of his program and his chances of winning the PCL championship as the battle for first place traditionally involves these two teams.

“It was an emotional game for both sets of players,” Wallwork said. “But I told my players to take the emotion out of it and play their game and treat it like any other game. And  they did a really good job of doing that. When we play top teams we want to prove something. ”

Pedro Palmaka scored two goals and Sebastien Hertel added another in the breakthrough triumph for their coach at University High.

But it was Corona del Mar that struck first in what was the league opener for both teams. The Sea Kings kept the Trojans pinned in the defensive end for early on, and took a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute when Max Rivas flicked in a long throw from Grant Glessing.

Four minutes later, though, the Trojans tied the score when Pedro Palmaka collected a rebound in the box and lined a shot inside the right post. Darious Abdollahi struck first for the Trojans, but Campbell Sheppard made a diving save. Unfortunately for the Sea Kings, Sheppard knocked the ball to Palmaka.

Sheppard, though, turned in another impressive performance for the Sea Kings, finishing with six saves, three coming off point-blank shost in the box.

“He is awesome. He has been unreal,” Corona del Mar coach George Larsen said. “We do give up a lot of chances, but he has kept so many out. It’s crazy. He has been fantastic for us.”

Hertel extended the Trojans’ lead to 2-1 in the 27th minute and Palmaka set the final margin in the 59th, converting a penalty kick after the Sea Kings were called for a handball in the box.

The game was originally scheduled to be played at Corona del Mar, but the Sea Kings play on grass, and the stormy weather on Tuesday forced the game to be moved to Uni’s turf field, so the Sea Kings will have to play two road games against the Trojans as the Jan. 30 match will remain at University.

“They are very tough play against. They put a lot of balls in the box and put a lot of pressure on you and score goals. But we knew that if we weathered those first few minutes, our football would start to show through,” Wallwork said. “And it did. We were very disappointed to concede that one goal because we knew that he had that long throw. We talked about it for days. It was very important for us to get the equalizer right away. Otherwise it would have been a long game for us.”

The Sea Kings were missing a key playmaker on Tuesday as Kyle Mabwa suffered a season-ending knee injury, tearing his ACL and LCL during a recent practice. Wallwork called Mabwa the best player in the PCL.

“He was on his way to having a good year, and I feel really bad for him,” Corona del Mar coach George Larsen said. “We will have to reinvent ourselves.”

Girls Soccer

On Tuesday, 1/9, our UNI girls’ soccer team play valiantly against Corona Del Mar, but ultimately succumbed to this amazing group of girls 1-0.  Today we are looking to rally, and beat Northwood in our match at Meadowood Park at 3:15pm!  Next Thursday, 1/18, is not only our GOW against Woodbridge at 5:00pm, but senior night as well.  To really kick things off, we will be giving out free tacos from Tacos & Co to the first 100 students during half time.  We can’t wait to see you there!

Girls Water Polo

Girls water polo plays today, 1/11 at Northwood and Friday at Irvine.  Best of luck girls!

Wrestling

Last night UNI wrestled at Irvine and lost.  Next Wednesday UNI will host Woodbridge.  Wrestling starts at 5:00 p.m. for lower levels and Varsity will follow.  Please come out and support.

17-18 Winter GOW Schedule

Sport Day Date Time Location Opponent
Wrestling Wednesday 12/20 6:00 UHS Gym Corona Del Mar
Girls Water Polo Thursday

 

1/18 4:15 UHS Pool Woodbridge
Girls Soccer Thursday 1/25 3:15 Uni Stadium Northwood
Girls Basketball Friday 2/2 5:30 UHS Gym Irvine
Boys Basketball Friday 2/2 7:00 UHS Gym Irvine
Boys Soccer Thursday 2/8 3:15 Uni Stadium Woodbridge

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

(Home events in Blue)

Thursday, January 11th
Boys Soccer v Northwood – 3:15 p.m.
Girls Soccer @ Northwood – 3:15 p.m.
Girls Water Polo @ Northwood – 4:15 p.m.

Friday, January 12th
Girls Water Polo @ Irvine – 4:15 p.m.
Girls Basketball @ Northwood – 5:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball @ Northwood – 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 16th
Boys Soccer v Irvine – 3:15 p.m.
Girls Soccer @ Irvine – 5:00 p.m.
Girls Basketball @ Irvine – 5:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball @ Irvine – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 17th
Wrestling v Woodbridge – 6:00 p.m.

Continue to do what you can to help support UNI Athletics and:

  1. Attend the games
  2. Wear UNI clothing or colors to the games
  3. Attend the GOWs
  4. Support the Trojan Army so we can put on events and give always at big games
  5. Spread the word about Trojan Thursday – If someone is interested in receiving Trojan Thursday send them the link – http://trojanthursday.wordpress.com  
  6. Get others to do the same

GO TROJANS!

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