Kickin’ it through the years

Standout player looks back on his journey with soccer


Grace Elder

Thang walks out with his family and friends during the senior night ceremony on Sept. 16, before the game against Franklin Central

From beginning his soccer journey in Burma, to being a key player on the SHS boys soccer team, senior Albert Thang has come a long way to get where he is now.
Thang, now a captain for the Cards, has helped his team by leading them in goals and assists. With 12 goals, seven assists and two game winning goals on the season so far through 15 games. Thang has proved to be an essential member of the Cards offense.
“You would have a hard time finding another player in the state who you would want up top when your team needs a goal,” head soccer coach David Stroup said.
Thang is not only a key part of their offense because of his skills, but he also strives to keep the team morale high.
“As a team player, I want to make sure everyone does their job,” Thang said. “Also making sure that I motivate them on the field and not let them get down on themselves.”
Thang’s teammates believe that he is a great person on and off the field. They have also seen him grow as a player.
“Albert brings us up as a team,” senior teammate Carlos Herrera said. “He leads us to victory, that shows our 8-3 record.”
According to Thang, family and friends have played a key role in his success as a soccer player. From cheering him on, to encouraging him to keep going, Thang’s family has been there with him throughout his journey.
“Family has really helped me, especially my dad,” Thang said. “He’s always been there for me, he’s gotten me into clubs and anything that has to do with soccer.”
After an 8-3 start to the season, Thang hopes he can help his team win the sectional or Marion County Championship.
Thang was able to help his team to the Marion County semifinal round with key plays throughout the whole tournament. The Cards took down Beech Grove in the first round, North Central in the second round after penalty kicks and loss to Roncalli on Friday, Oct.1 due to penalty kicks.
Thang has seen great improvement from his sophomore year when he first started on varsity soccer. That year, he played an average role.Now, he plays a main role on the team.
“His hunger for a goal has been a big part of our team’s offense since his sophomore year.” Stroup said. “He is the key part of our offense, leading the team in goals and assists.”
Thang plans to pursue his soccer career in college, but he doesn’t care where that is. After college he will see where his soccer career takes him.
“He has a fierce competitive side that makes him want to win even in training,” Stroup said. “The desire to do well also extends to the classroom. Hard work in training and in school are keys for players looking to play at the collegiate level.”