Junior Eric Toh is the one of the new members of Malden High School varsity soccer team.

Junior Eric Toh posing for a picure. Photo taken by Anna Powers.
Junior Eric Toh posing for a picure. Photo taken by Anna Powers.

Though this is his first year on varsity, he is no stranger to the soccer team, having been on the freshman and JV team in his previous years at MHS.

Soccer has always been his part of life, as he has had a passion for soccer ever since he was four. Like his role model, soccer athlete Gareth Bale, Toh is also a left foot player.

When asked how he felt about this season, he said he was both anxious but excited because “[they] lost a lot of senior players from last year, so it is an uphill battle this season but if [they] pull together as a team, [they] can play really well.” He added that, “the goal for this season is to improve constantly as a strong team, hopefully which would help [them] get more wins.”

In Toh’s opinion playing soccer “relieves lot of stress,” but it’s definitely hard to balance school and soccer because “it’s a lot of time.”

He also mentions that it is a good feeling to be part of the varsity team. “[He feels] like [he is] playing with lot more purpose than when [he was] just on the JV or freshmen team.”

Toh believes that, ”effort on defense, as well as on offense” is the key for the team to be successful.

Toh has learned a lot more from the soccer. One of the most important lessons that soccer taught him is to “communicate and work together as a team.”  

He also has played club soccer, but as of now he only plays for the high school team. Toh hopes to play soccer in college.

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