Pavle Atanackovic asked his Crescenta Valley High Coach Kiel McClung an interesting question prior to the beginning of the winter boys' soccer season.
The Falcons standout forward inquired about how many goals his coach had scored during his junior season when McClung played in high school?
The answer was 33.
McClung's was himself a standout at Quartz Hill High in Palmdale. The coach's tally that year helped lead the Rebels to a co-CIF Southern Section Division I championship, as McClung was named the Golden League Player of the Year, as well as the division's player of the year.
"All right, I'm beating you," Atanackovic told his coach before the Falcons first match.
The coach welcomed the challenge.
"I hope you do, because that means our team will have success if you beat me," McClung replied.
Atanackovic came close to keeping his promise, tying the mark by tallying 33 goals this year for Crescenta Valley.