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Athlete of the Week – Bradley Pavon, Byron Bears Soccer

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BYRON, Minn. (KTTC) - Soccer teams in the HVL have a problem, and his name is Bradley Pavon. The Byron junior has scored ten goals and assisted five in the Bears' undefeated start.

"He's just brilliant," said Byron Head Coach Dave Barr. "He's a rare combination of skill, speed, technique, and he just puts a lot of pressure on other teams. It's pretty incredible. He's one of a few, rare class."

Pavon's strong start has helped secure Byron it's second consecutive Hiawatha Valley League championship, something that's been their team goal since Day 1 of the season.

"It means a lot because it means we've progressed because last year we had some rough moments playing some of these teams," Pavon said. "Now, we're getting better at it, getting to know each other better."

Pavon was more motivated for this season than ever before. The unknown of dealing with COVID-19 means he and his teammates have taken nothing for granted.

"It gave us more hunger to come out and beat [teams] and win," he said.

The team captain has had a flair for the dramatic in his junior season. In the Bears three biggest wins of the season, Pavon either scored, assisted, or created every single one of their goals. It's an ability his coach says you can't teach.

"It's that nose for the goal," Barr said. "That ability to very quickly break down a defense and understand the weak spots and then hit them quickly."

Mark Poulose

Mark Poulose is a Sports Reporter/Anchor at KTTC.

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