Buhach Colony girls soccer coach Ashley Dinwoodie wanted to surprise her goalie Aly Gleason.
Keeping the news that Gleason was selected as the Central California Conference Most Valuable Player wasn't easy.
"My coach and my mom are good friends," Gleason said. "Keeping that from my mom wasn't easy.
"Our assistant coach, Gaeton (Faraone) had to take her phone away. She finally let me know at our team banquet. It was a huge surprise. I wasn't expecting it at all."
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It was a surprise because Buhach Colony finished in the middle of the pack in the CCC with a 4-4-4 record.
"I kept on thinking what I was going to say when I nominated her," Dinwoodie said. "I just kept thinking about the three words MVP stands for and that's Aly."
It was a nice award for the Stanford-bound senior.
"It's good to be recognized for all the hard work," Gleason said. "It's been quite a journey. Our school hasn't been the winningest team, but it's help me become a better goalie."
Merced's Brooke Wilson was named the CCC Coach of the Year after leading Merced to its first ever playoff appearance.
Merced landed three players on the all-CCC first team in Tina Benson, Alexa Lawler and Stephanie Isenberg.
Golden Valley's Vanesa Vega, BC's Jennifer Ramos and Atwater's Chloe Magneson joined the Merced trio on the first team.
ALL CCC soccer
All-Central California Conference
MVP -- Aly Gleason, Buhach Colony'
Coach of the Year -- Brooke Wilson, Merced
First Team: Tina Benson, Merced; Alexa Lawler, Merced; Hannah Verschelden, Pitman; Denise Romo, Pitman; Vanesa Vega, Golden Valley; Jennifer Ramos, Buhach Colony; Chloe Magneson, Atwater; Chelsea Davis, Turlock; Amanda Cervantes, Turlock; Cassidy Costa, Turlock; Stephanie Isenberg, Merced
Second Team: Amanda Campos, Merced; Geovanna Villasenor, Merced; Everly Ban, Pitman; Marisa Emons, Pitman; Hilary Bauer, Golden Valley; Lupe Davila, Golden Valley; Laura McIntosh, Buhach Colony; Ali Copeland, Atwater; Kayln Ow, Turlock; Anne Coleman, Turlock