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What’s happening on Campus

Boys Soccer

Boys Soccer is continuing their unforgettable season this week as they compete in the CIF SoCal Regional tournament.  The boys beat La Habra on Tuesday with a 2-1 victory in Overtime.  You can read about the game in the OC Varsity article below.  The team will be competing in the semi-finals tonight (Thursday, 3/8) against Villa Park at Fred Kelly Stadium at 5:00 p.m.  General Admission is $9.00 / Student, Child, Senior (65+) is $5.00 Come out and support!

University defeats La Habra in OT, advances in SoCal Regional soccer playoffs


Soccer 3.6.18

Darious Abdollahi, center, celebrates after scoring the goal to end the sudden-death overtime game as the University High School boys varsity soccer took on the La Habra Highlanders in the first round of the Division III playoffs in the CIF Southern California Regionals Tuesday at University High School. in Irvine on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

PUBLISHED: March 6, 2018 at 9:05 pm | UPDATED: March 6, 2018 at 9:17 pm

IRVINE – University was banged up and tired just four days after winning its first CIF-SS boys soccer title, but the Trojans found a way to beat La Habra 2-1 in overtime Tuesday in the first round of the CIF Division III Southern California Regional playoffs.

The Trojans were missing two of their best players – Pedro Palmaka, who scored four playoff goals, and Zach Howard, the team’s lock-down defender – because of knee injuries.

Good thing they still had Sebastien Hertel. He provided a goal and an assist on the winning goal to beat the visiting Highlanders (15-12-3).

The Trojans (23-1-3) will face Villa Park in the SoCal  semifinals Thursday, which is a rematch of Saturday’s CIF-SS Division 3 championship game that University won 2-0.

The Trojans came close to having to send Hertel to the bench early in Tuesday’s game.

As he followed through on the shot that gave the Trojans a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute, he injured his ankle. It swelled close to the size of a tennis ball, University coach Martin Wallwork said.

“He was on one leg after that,” Wallwork said. “I asked him if he could go and he told me he would give everything he had. And he plays nearly every minute after that.

“He is the best high school player, bar none. Period. On one leg he is beating players (for La Habra) that are fresh.”

Four minutes into the 15-minute overtime period, Hertel dribbled around and through at least four Highlanders, making his way into the box. He eventually flicked the ball to Darious Abdollahi, who guided a shot inside the far post.

The Trojans defeated the Highlanders by the same score in the CIF-SS Division 3 semifinals on Feb. 27, but that game didn’t go to overtime.

“After winning the championship on Saturday, this game kind of had the feel of a preseason game,” Wallwork said. “It was hard to get them back up for it, and then there’s the fatigue. They hardly had any time to recover. They (La Habra) were fresh. I thought we were the better team, but that No. 17 (Rene Martinez) is a crakin’ player.”

Martinez scored the tying goal in the 48th minute, wrapping a free kick around Uni’s wall.

That was the only shot James Choi didn’t stop for University, as he finished with six saves.

Twice he slid and kicked the ball away at the last second, turning away Christian Bribiesca’s shot in the first half and Tanner Coombs’ scoring chance in the final minute of the second half.

“He (Choi) did a great job,” La Habra coach Joel Carlisle said of Choi. “We knew we were going to have to take advantage of opportunities, and we missed a couple. That was the difference for us.

“We are super-proud of what they have accomplished this year. We asked them to believe in themselves, and that is what they have done.”

As the No. 1 seed, the Trojans will be the home team for the SoCal semifinal on Thursday. An event is already scheduled for University High’s stadium on Thursday night, Wallwork said, so the semifinal match will likely be played at El Modena High.

Spring Sports Update


Boys Tennis

The boys tennis team is off to a great start to the 2018 season.  The boys began the season with a 16-2 win over San Marino on Tuesday February 20th.  Later that week the boys won the So Cal high school pre-season championships defeating Peninsula high in the final.  Junior Aditya Gupta won a crucial set at first singles with the match tied at 2 apiece to put the Trojans up 3 to 2.  Seniors Patryk Kozlowski and Julian Lafond went undefeated at 2nd doubles.  16 teams were entered in this tournament and the Uni boys had to beat 6 of the top teams in Southern California to win the title.

Last Tuesday the boys defeated the defending D-I champs, The Harvard-Westlake school 11 to 7.  Aditya Gupta and senior Naevin Anukornchaikul led the team in singles and Kozlowksi and Lafond swept their sets in doubles.  Finally, yesterday the boys defeated Los Al high 16 to 2.  Freshmen Rithvik Krishna won his two sets playing singles.  The Uni boys look to be pretty strong this year and should make a deep run in the CIF playoffs.

Boys Volleyball

The boys will be competing in the Foothill tournament this Friday and Saturday.  Uni’s first game will be at 3:30 on Friday at Foothill High School.  Best of luck boys!

Track & Field

Girls track had our first pre-season meet against El Modena this past Thursday. Our distance squad swept the 1600m (Collette Lowengrub, Avery Klauke, Abby Sanders) and the 800m (Collette Lowengrub, Sara Sussman, Abby Sanders). Avery Klauke also won the 3200m, and Sara Sussman won the 400m. Top returner Daria Shkel started her season strong, winning both the 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles. Other notable performances came from Mollie Kessler who won the long jump and placed 3rd in the 100m, Amber Sun who won the high jump, and Harini Venkataganesh who won the Discus and placed 3rd in the shot put. We continue our preseason meets today, March 8th against Godinez here in our home stadium. GO UNI TRACK!

Boys Track had their first meet against El Modena High School here at Uni. We had some great performances but came up short in the scoring. Some of our top performers included Ryan Duffy in the 1600, Adam Gish in the 800, Won Suk Choi in the long and triple jump, Faris Qaisi in the 100 and 200 and Charlie Feuerborn in the 110 and 300 hurdles. We have Godinez here for our next meet.

Go Trojan Track

Boys Swimming

The Uni boys swim team got underway with their competitive season this week, narrowly placing second in the Irvine City Relays and battling to the last relay with Laguna Hills. During both meets, many swimmers beat time standards to gain eligibility to compete at CIF.  CIF times were made by senior Aidan Yong, junior Aaron Lee, and sophomores Brian Lou, Hunter Kroll, and Caedon Ng. Uni will look to continue their success as they face off against the top teams in Orange County this Friday and Saturday at the Capo Valley Relay Invitational. Come out to support the Trojan swimmers!

Girls Swimming

The Uni girls swim team’s season began with four meets in the last week.  On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the annual Blue vs White Intra-squad co-ed meet came down to the last relay with the Blue team taking home the trophy.  Both Girls Blue and White 200 Medley Relays and 200 Freestyle Relays teams recorded CIF consideration times.

Last Friday Uni swim participated in the annual Irvine City Relay Championships against Irvine High, Northwood, and Beckman, and Portola. The Varsity girls finished 2nd and the JV girls finished third, for a combined girls 3rd place finish.  Senior captains Claire Jang and Alondra Ortiz swam to individual CIF consideration times as the leadoff swimmer in the 100 yard butterfly relay (Jang) and the 100 backstroke relay (Ortiz) respectively.   The 200 yard Medley Relay team of Ortiz, sophomore Kate Weiland, Jang and  senior captain Anne Iwata finished 2nd with a CIF consideration time of 1:57.12.  The 400 freestyle relay of Iwata, junior Sarah Sharifi, and sophomores Savanna Cruz and Leila Mirsafian also finished 2nd with a CIF consideration time of 3:57.66.

This past Tuesday afternoon the team traveled to Laguna Hills High School, with the Varsity Girls winning by a score of 88-81, and the JV girls winning 115-52.  All three relays lowered their CIF consideration times, with the 200 free relay of Mirsafian, freshman Isabella Pagano, Iwata and Jang, dropping 2.5 seconds with their first place finish.  Savanna Cruz dropped 4.2 seconds in the 200 freestyle and 6.5 seconds in the 500 freestyle, winning the 500.  Jang, Pagano and Iwata went 1-2-3 in the 50 free with all three swimmers dropping time and Jang coming very close to the CIF automatic time, finishing in 24.79.

The team travels today to Capistrano Valley High school for the preliminary session of the annual Capo Valley relay meet against many of the fastest high schools in the LA and OC area. The relays that advance to finals will swim again on Saturday afternoon at the same venue.

Go Uni Swim!


Baseball is off to a fast start…they are 6-0.  It has truly been a team effort—with the Pitchers, Offense, Defense and the important Bench all contributing to the team’s success.  They play Irvine HS on Friday in the Championship Game in the Newport Elks Tournament—Orange County Division.


The girls will be playing Costa Mesa at home tomorrow, March 9th at 3:15, come out and support!

Girls Lacrosse

Girls Lacrosse officially kicked off their season yesterday with an away match against Mission Viejo.  Despite taking almost six minutes for either team to get on the board, Uni scored first and then never looked back as they cruised to a 9-1 victory!  Mya Wang (Fr.) was the lead scorer with 3 goals while Kaylor Chott (Sr.) and Olivia Holmes (Sr.) added 2 goals apiece.  Goalie Gracelyn Caceros (Jr.) had six saves to keep the Mission Viejo squad from getting in to the game.  It was a great first match for the team and they all hope to start a streak of wins beginning tomorrow when they play El Dorado.  The first home match for the girls is next Wednesday, 4:00 PM, in the stadium.  Come cheer on the team!

Boys Lacrosse

The University boys varsity lacrosse team heads into Friday night’s match against Martin Luther King high school at 5 PM in the stadium with a record of 2 and 2. The Trojans who finished in 3rd place in the PCL last year are looking to improve their defense in this game and protect their goalie Rustin Sorat better. There are only three preseason games left to continue to build chemistry until they start the regular season against Northwood.

Boys Golf

The boy’s golf team lost a close match yesterday at Seacliff Country Club against Huntington Beach 201 to 199. This was our 3rd preseason non-league match and we have improved as a team each and every time.

The league matches we play take the best 5 out of 6 scores from each team to determine the winner. Yesterday, however, since we were the visiting team, we played how Huntington Beach plays their preseason matches – best 5 out of 8. We finished tied 201 to 201 after 6 players and would have won the tie breaker (by looking at the 6th player’s score…lowest wins).  But their 8th player came in 2 strokes better so their score was 199. We will play them again next Monday at home…we will WIN!

We were led by one of our top talented freshman, George Lu. He shot an incredible 34, that’s 2 under par, for 9 holes at a very challenging Seacliff Country Club. He took Medalist Honors (lowest score for both teams) by 3 shots!

Up next will be Huntington Beach at home next Monday and San Juan Hills at Talega Country Club next Thursday.  League play starts the following week!  Go Trojans!!

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

Thursday, March 8th
Track & Field v Godinez – 3:00 PM
Boys Tennis @ Dana Hills – 3:00 PM
Girls Swimming @ Capo Valley – 3:00 PM
Boys Soccer v Villa Park @ Fred Kelly Stadium – 5:00 PM (CIF Regionals)

Friday, March 9th
Baseball – Newport Elks Tourney – Time & Location TBA
Boys Swimming @ Capo Valley – 3:00 PM
Softball v Costa Mesa – 3:15 PM
Girls Lacrosse @ El Dorado – 3:30 PM
Boys Volleyball Tourney @ Foothill – 3:30 PM
Boys Lacrosse v Martin Luther King – 5:00 PM

Saturday, March 10th
Boys Volleyball Tourney @ Foothill – Time TBA
Track & Field – Irvine Invitational @ Irvine High – 8:00 AM
Boys & Girls Swim – Capo Valley Relays – 2:00 PM

Monday, March 12th
Boys Golf v Huntington Beach @ Strawberry Farms – 3:00 PM
Boys Lacrosse @ Tustin – 4:00 PM

Tuesday, March 13th
Softball @ Tustin – 3:15 PM
Boys Tennis v Fountain Valley – 3:15 PM
Boys Volleyball @ Laguna Hills – 5:15 PM

Wednesday, March 14th
Girls Lacrosse v El Toro – 4:00 PM

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