Odds immediately swung in favor of the Crescenta Valley High boys' soccer team when Pavle Atanackovic controlled the ball.
Using his gifted strength and speed, Atanackovic provided a buzz on the field — and for the spectators lined up on the sidelines — each time he launched a shot on goal. He found a way to score timely goals and played a vital role in helping Crescenta Valley win the CIF Southern Section Division IV championship this season.
"Players like Pavle certainly don't grow on trees, and he's a special player," said Crescenta Valley Coach Grant Clark, whose team finished 23-1-6 and 12-0-2 in the Pacific League. "If you didn't see a game he played, then you missed a whole lot of excitement.
"He could score just about any way. He's that rare kind of player who is big, strong and quick all at the same time. He could dish out and take a lot while playing physical and that also took him to the next level."