May 30, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

University High girls soccer team off to 7-1 start and looking for a big finish

University High’s girls soccer team leads the Pacific Coast League. (Photo courtesy University High)

University High’s girls soccer team is off to a fast start in the season which was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Trojans have posted a 7-1 overall record and are 6-0 atop the Pacific Coast League, under Coach Cole Fipps.

A number of players have contributed to the team’s success.

“Our top goal scorer this year so far is our senior center mid Gabriella Souza,” Fipps said. “She has made a huge impact in our attack by both scoring goals and setting up other players for numerous goal scoring opportunities. She has six goals this season.

“Senior forward Kaili Taagepera has also been a crucial part of our attack especially in league. She has three goals this season and three assists. 

“We have two standout defensive players, sophomore right back Kate Stenta and senior left back Mollie Kessler. Both have not only had a huge impact defensively by keeping our opponents out of the net, but also have been dangerous in the attack. Kate has a goal and an assist this year.”

The soccer season normally starts in November but due to the pandemic, it was delayed. Soccer players found out this week that CIF playoffs will be conducted in May. 

“I am extremely proud of what the girls have accomplished so far this year,” Fipps said. “They are playing together at a high level right now and I couldn’t be happier with how the season has gone up to this point. These girls have worked so hard all year to be in this position and all our success is due to them.

“A huge reason for our success has been getting goals from many different players on the team. It really has been a team effort so far this year and I feel that is what has made this group special. I’m excited to see how the second half of league goes and hopefully see what happens in the playoffs. This group is very motivated, and they have a lot more they still want to accomplish this year.”

—Tim Burt, OC Sports Zone; timburt@ocsportszone.com