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Star Soccer Player Joins Football

Thiha walks onto the field moments before the game.

Thiha walks onto the field moments before the game.

Elisa Martinez

Thiha walks onto the field moments before the game.

Elisa Martinez

Elisa Martinez

Thiha walks onto the field moments before the game.

Guadalupe Aquino, Editor

Star soccer-player-turned-football-player Naing Thiha has proved to be a strong asset to the Venice varsity football team this year. On Aug. 30, the Venice football team played against Arleta High School where they won 56-15. Here Thiha made an important tackle that stopped a touchdown.

“He got him on the ground and did his job,” said varsity coach Angelo Gasca.

With no background in football, Thiha has adjusted well to a new sport. Thiha has played soccer since he was six years old. He also found the game of football to be an intense one. By joining the football team as a kicker, he’s able to bring together all his talents. So far , Thiha has had an almost perfect season. He unfortunately missed a point on Sep. 28 against Hamilton High School, breaking his streak 26-27.

“People come all the time and say they want to play football and you never see them again,” said Coach Gasca. “He kept showing up, so I figured this guy is serious and you could definitely tell he could kick the ball.”

Not only did Thiha have to make an adjustment to a new sport, but he also had to make adjustments to new teammates.

“He’s a good person and fits in with the guys on the team,” said Coach Gasca. “He’s a very talented kicker and we love him.”

By joining a new team Thiha has made new friends who he never expected to be friends with.

“I feel like I have more friends now,” said Thiha. “I used to have just soccer friends and now I know more people.”

According to Gasca, Thiha is finally understanding what football is all about and he continues to improve every day.

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