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.
Help support the Uni Football Program!
2nd Annual Poker & Casino Night
on Saturday, March 10th!
Please join us for the 2nd Annual UNI Football Poker & Casino Night on Saturday, March 10th. Check-in beginning at 5:30pm and first hand dealt at 6pm. The final table of 9 will receive prizes, including a grand prize $500 Visa Gift Card!
Initial Buy-in is $100 and includes $500 worth of chips, appetizer and dessert buffet, and 2 drink coupons. Additional buy-ins available for $25 (for $500 worth of chips) until 8pm.
Don’t play poker? You can still come join the fun! Non-poker admission is $20 and includes appetizer and dessert buffet, 2 drink coupons, $100 worth of chips for casino games and raffle prizes.
Must be at least 21 years old to attend/participate.
Thank you for your support of UNI Trojan Football!
What’s happening on Campus
Trojan Army Day – Wear your Trojan Army shirt to School tomorrow, (Friday 3/2) to show your support of our Boys Soccer team, who will be heading off to the CIF Finals on Saturday!
Rooter Bus for Boys Soccer CIF Finals 3/3 – Interested in riding the rooter bus to the Boys Soccer game on Saturday? Permission slips are available in the SAC and must be turned in no later than tomorrow (Friday) at lunch. A $5 deposit will be required to hold your spot, which you will get back once you board the bus in Uni spirit attire.
Boys Soccer has qualified for the CIFSS Finals for the first time in Uni history!
The soccer game will be at Warren High School in Downey at 4:00 PM. Admission is $5 for students with a school ID Card, general admission is $10. We are considered the visiting team, so spectators should park in the visitor parking lot located off Manatee. Otherwise it will be a long walk around to the visitor entrance. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online here: https://gofan.co/app/events/21779. Come out and watch the team make Uni history!
You can read all about the semi-final game in the OC Varsity article below.
University refuses to be stopped by La Habra, advances to Division 3 title game
IRVINE – A right-place-at-the-right-time goal has University’s boys soccer team in the right place for the first time in a long time.
Pedro Palmaka took a perfect cross pass from Lee McEligot and slammed it into the left side of the net for the eventual winning goal as the Trojans defeated La Habra 2-1 in a CIF-SS Division 3 semifinal Tuesday at University High.
The Trojans (20-1-3) will play Villa Park (14-5-5) in the championship match Friday at Corona High or Warren High of Downey. Details will be announced by the CIF-SS office Wednesday.
University is in a boys soccer final for the first time since 1979 when it was the Division 2A runner-up.
“University soccer has been around since 1976,” said Palmaka, a junior forward. “Nobody here’s been able to do this for so long.”
Palmaka said his goal, his 14th of the season, was a familiar result.
“With me and ‘Seabass’ (Sebastian Hertel) on the wings,” Palmaka said, “we’re always going to get that ball. It’s a matter of whether or not we have someone in the box to finish it. I was fortunate to be in the right position.”
The Trojans, a bit quicker to the ball than La Habra, especially in the second half, took a 1-0 lead late in the first half on a free-kick goal from 30 yards out by senior Darious Abdollahi.
After Palmaka’s second-half goal made it 2-0, La Habra got its goal from Tanner Coombs late in the game. It was Coombs’ third goal of the playoffs.
La Habra, the Freeway League’s second-place team, finished 16-11-3.
“We’re a young group with a lot of sophomores,” Highlanders coach Joel Carlisle. “They’re learning how to play soccer as a group, how to win together and how to handle adversity.”
The Highlanders impressed University coach Martin Wallwork.
“They played the game the right way,” Wallwork said. “Both teams gave this semifinal justice.”
University, champion of the Pacific Coast League, went into the playoffs as the division’s top-seeded team. The Trojans beat Long Beach Poly 2-0 in the first round, Saddleback 4-0 in the second round and Artesia 2-1 in the quarterfinals.
Wallwork’s critique of his team’s play Tuesday: players’ nerves stymied offensive flow in the first half, and the Trojans played to their abilities in the second half.
“That good ball movement, that’s our identity,” Wallwork said. “That’s what we’ve done all year long.”
Congratulations to Lorena Egea for placing 4th place at the CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships last weekend. Lorena has been bothered by a shoulder problem the last half of the season, otherwise we are convinced she would have been the State Champion. Congratulations Lorena on a very successful season!
Spring Sports update coming soon…
Spring GOW Schedule coming soon…
Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events
(Home events in Blue)
Thursday, March 1st
Track v El Modena – 3:00 PM
Baseball @ Valley Christian – 3:00 PM
Softball v San Juan Hills – 3:15 PM
Friday, March 2nd
Swimming – Irvine Relays @ Woollett Aquatic Ctr. – 3:00 PM
Boys Lacrosse v Murrieta Valley – 4:00 PM
Boys Volleyball v Mission Viejo – 5:00 PM
Saturday, March 3rd
Girls Lacrosse – Rosebowl Jamboree – 8:00 AM
Track Meet @ El Modena (Northwood Invitational) – 9:00 AM
Baseball v Buena Park – 11:00 AM
Boys Soccer v Villa Park @ Warren High School (CIF Finals) – 4:00 PM
Monday, March 5th
Baseball v Costa Mesa – 3:00 PM
Boys Lacrosse @ Segerstrom – 4:00 PM
Tuesday, March 6th
Boys Golf v San Juan Hills @ Strawberry Farms – 2:30PM
Swimming @ Laguna Hills – 3:00PM
Boys Tennis @ Los Alamitos – 3:15PM
Softball v Katella – 3:15PM
Wednesday, March 7th
Boys Golf v Huntington Beach @ Sea Cliff Country Club – 2:30PM
Baseball – Newport Elks Tourney – Time TBA