• Boys Soccer Profile: Eric Toh

    by  • October 17, 2016 • Athlete Profiles, Homepage, Sports • 0 Comments

    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.

    About

    Having been in America for only 15 months, Subin Bastola is a senior at Malden High who took interest in The Blue and Gold considering his passion for writing, adapting new dexterity, and reading the news itself. Bastola’s interests include activities such as playing and watching soccer, reading books, listening to music, and watching movies, like his favorite: Groundhog Day. Bastola was born in and came from Nepal, where as his father lived in America for seven years. Back in Nepal “things are very different” Bastola says. Instead of students moving from class to class like they do at Malden High, they stay seating while the teachers transfer. “Exams are a lot harder,” announces Bastola. They also have no lockers, so carrying eight books around is a hustle. Bastola learned to speak English in Nepal, where he wrote poems and acclimated the ways and fundamentals of writing. With regulations such as restrictions to growing long hair and having a dress code, Bastola has gotten accustomed to the new school system. Although Bastola doesn’t know that many people in the Blue and Gold yet, he is looking forward to integrating and making new friends in his graduating year at Malden High.

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