IRVINE — Someone dropped off a giant box near the Corona del Mar High bench. The players had no idea what was inside.
Coach Bryan Middleton knew and he also knew his players would thank him after Tuesday girls' soccer match.
The Sea Kings just had to beat Woodbridge at Alton Athletic Park in Irvine on a chilly night and what was inside the box was theirs to keep.
After all, the Sea Kings needed something to keep them warm afterward. Middleton had long-sleeved shirts made with "PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE 2011 CHAMPIONS" on them that might just do the job.
Annie Alvarado helped the Sea Kings end things on a fitting note.
The midfielder scored on two long-range free kicks, the final one in the 72nd minute was the game-winner and lifted CdM to a 2-1 victory and clinched the program's second league title in three seasons.
Before the team could celebrate, Middleton was a busy man. He handed out the shirts before the players gathered for a team photo.