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Delta Coastal Selects Sting

Home of the 2015 Coastal A Cup Silver Medalists, 2014 West Coast Cup Champions, 2014 Coastal A Cup Silver Medalists, 2013 USA Cup Champions, 2012 West Coast Cup Champions, 2012 U-13 Provincial A Cup Champions, 2012 U-13 Coastal A Cup Champions, 2011/12 U-13 MSL Division Champions, 2011/12 U-13 MSL League Championship Runners Up, 2011 North Shore Thanksgiving Tournament Champions, 2011 Pitt Meadows Labour Day Tournament Champions, 2011 Mission Memorial Tournament Champions, 2010 Burnaby Remembrance Day Tournament Silver Medalists, 2010 Pitt Meadows Labour Day Tournament Champions, 2010 Beach Blast Silver and Bronze Medalists, 2010 Steve Bonnet Memorial Champions, 2009 PoCo Thanksgiving Tournament Champions & 2009 Richmond Spring Breaker Silver Medalists. 

Welcome to the U-16 Metro, Delta Coastal Selects Sting team website, for the 2014/15 season. The Delta Coastal Selects team, formerly known as the SurDel Sting, is a partnership between the SurDel, Tsawwassen, Semiahmoo and Ladner soccer clubs.  The Sting team will be hitting the training pitch in June to start to prepare for their kickoff tournament in Portland in August as well as working out with core conditioning coach Michelle Roots in preparation for the upcoming soccer season in September. The players have worked hard to get to this point and look to continue that hard work as they develop their skills against some tough competition. They are a great bunch of dedicated players and we are sure they will have a great learning experience and a lot of fun along the way. Go Sting!!!

Monday, May 4
Sting Fall to Storm In Cup Final

A beautiful day welcomed players and fans to Aldergrove for the 2015 Coastal A Cup final against the Port Moody Storm. With this team headed to the Premier League in the Fall the Sting knew they were going to have their hands full against a very strong side. With both teams also qualifying for the 2015 Provincial Championships in July they knew this would not be the last time they would face each other either.

The first half opened with the Sting having to absorb a ton of pressure as the Storm threw everything they had at them and the bulk of the opening forty minutes was played in the middle and defensive third of the pitch. So not surprising that the Sting found themselves down 2 - 0 inside the first twenty minutes off some finely worked build up plays. In fairness the Sting did start to tighten things up defensively to bring the half to a close but not before Noor was pressed into an outstanding diving take off a break down her right side. Score at the half Storm 2 - Sting 0.

As has been their form of late the Sting started the second half much more brightly than the first. Brit got things going as her carry and cut in off the keepers left side saw the resulting shot well saved up high. Georgia then got into a great position to shoot after she stripped the ball of her mark and let fly from twenty yards out but the shot, while stinging the keepers hands, stayed out. Laura was then sent thru and with the keeper coming out, Laura didnt give up on the play as the two players collided but the keeper was able to hang on. Twenty minutes in and the Sting were needing to take some more chances to get their goal and they were caught out as a long looper just evaded Noor up high. As per usual though there is no quit in the team and they spoiled the Storm's clean sheet as Meg's over the top thru ball saw Ally barreling down on the keeper and she was able to slot the ball home into the far corner. An unfortunate goal in stoppage time added salt to the wounds by the Storm as the match came to a close. Final score Port Moody Storm 4 - Sting 1.

So for the second season in a row the Sting took home the Silver medal from this event as a very successful season came to a close. The players have put in a tremendous effort this year as not many had predicted them heading to their third Coastal Cup appearance in four years. The players are going to take some well deserved time off before they get back to the pitch in June to start preparing for their Provincial Championship run. With Port Moody as League Champion and the other two opponents being the Interior and Island Champions the Sting will have their work cut out for them but if any team can put in a great performance it is this fine bunch of young players. Go Sting!!

Sunday, April 26
Sting Take on Island Champions in Coastal Cup Semi Final

After last weekends impressive Coastal Cup Quarter Final match against SGU the Sting continued their quest for the cup in the Semi Final contest against UVI Riptide. The Riptide squad, having already been declared as the Island Champions, have already qualified for the Provincial Championships in July and were going to prove to be very stiff opposition. Whether it was the six hours of ferry/bus rides and waiting to get started the Sting opened up the match trying to get their legs going as the Riptide team had them on their backheels to start. Some good movement and penetrating runs saw the Sting defence needing to be sharp and an adjustment by them stemmed the tide a bit but not before Noor was pressed into a fine diving save to her left. The Sting started to find their way back into the game at the ten minute mark when Meg stripped the ball off her mark, carried across the width of the pitch and then fed a thru ball for Haley. A nice one touch and shot from just inside the eighteen saw the ball heading into the top corner before a spectacular fingertip save by the Riptide keeper pushed it over the bar. At the other end of the pitch the Riptide striker got loose and fired a low hard shot that Noor was able to dive and tip around the post. Some good presure in the attacking third saw the Sting awarded three corners in a row and while Haley dropped each of them into the six yard box the defenders were able to scramble them out. The last good chance of the half fell to Syd as Allie and Ally got into some nice build up play with the layoff pass falling to Syd but the shot curled wide of the far post. The whistle came down on a very entertaining first half. Score at the break Riptide 0 - Sting 0.

 With about six of the players coming off sickness or injury plus the long trip and against stiff opposition the team might have hung their heads a bit but of course that is not how the Sting roll. The team and the players have faced adversity all season long and whatever role the players play on the team they are committed to playing for each other. So other than a formation change at the break the coaches didnt have to say too much as the players were the ones pushing each other. Georgia got things going with a nice thru ball for Kylie and even though she was being shielded off the ball she used her strength to get the shot off where it was gathered by the keeper. Meg then moved the ball past a couple of players before slotting the ball thru for Ally where she used her speed to beat her mark but the keeper did well on the sliding take. The Sting then had to defend with some resolve as three free kicks in a row just outside the box test the wall. The wall did its job well though as one shot was blasted into it and two others were sent high and wide. Again this defensive core group of Kass, Rav, Sami, Taylor, Mac, Syd and Brit all had an amazing afternoon of soccer as the communication and coverage was first class. At the other end of the pitch Syd came close as a long throw in by Kylie found her inside the eighteen but the resulting shot found the side netting. However on a similar play, twenty minutes into the second half, the Sting took the lead. Haley's long throw found Kylie just outside the six yard box, a nice turn and shot saw the ball go into the roof of then net and over the sprawling keeper. The Sting had to be on their toes though as the long ball was attempted on numerous times to spring the Riptide's speedy striker and while Brit and Rav closed her down she did shake free on one. A mini break away looked like major trouble for the Sting but Noor, who had a tremendous match, once again came for the sliding take and the striker came out the worse for wear on the collision. The last good chance of the half fell to Meg, who also had a massive game, as she carried across the pitch and let fly with a shot from twenty yards out that stung the keepers hands but stayed out. Ally who ran miles down the left touchline and was a major pest for the Riptide defence all day long had a chat with the ref but stayed out of the book after taking exception to some shirt pulling. The last few minutes of the game saw Allie, Georgia and Meg do a tremendous job of killing the ball in the Riptide corner as the final whistle sounded. Final score UVI Riptide 0 - Sting 1.

The Sting are now off to the Coastal Cup "A" Final for the third time in four years. No other team in their age has done this so it is a tremendous accomplishment and hats off to the players who have all dedicated themselvses, pushed each other and had a lot of fun along the way. On top of this the team has also earned one of the four berths in the U-16 Provincial Championships which will be held July 9 - 12 in South Surrey. First thing first though as the Sting will be heading to Aldergrove next weekend to play the Port Moody Storm in the Coastal Cup final. Go Sting!!

Monday, April 20
Sting Kickoff the 2015 Coastal Cup

After the Sting's successful 2014/15 season they found themsleves as the number three seed in the U-16 Coastal A Cup. The League Champions, Port Moody Storm and the Island Champions UVI Riptide, were the top seeds respectively and the seeded teams had a bye to start Cup play at the Quarter Final stage.

So the Sting's opponent in their Quarter Final match was a team which has caused them grief over the years, Surrey Guildford United (SGU). While this was the first time these two teams have ever played each other in the Coastal Cup, they did split the spoils during the season with both teams notching home wins against each other. So the mood was set, the sun was shining and the Sting were raring to get some soccer going. Ally was the first to test the SGU keeper as she pounced on a loose ball, carried into the eighteen and let fly with a shot that curled wide of the near post but it set the tone of things to come. Both teams were battling thru the middle third of the park as neither was looking to give anything up as the game became a little clogged up with multiple forced turnovers. So it was ten minutes in off a set piece that the Sting got the game first goal. Haley's brilliant corner was whipped in with some pace and was met with an outstanding header as Sami outclimbed her mark and headed back across goal and into the far corner for the go ahead goal. One of the Sting's top five goals of the season. A few minutes later and Haley turned play maker again as this time she fed Meg the ball and after beating her check to the keepers right the hard low shot was well gathered for the save. At the other end of the pitch what can we say about this Sting defense. With Noor standing tall in goal Rav, Sami, Taylor, Mac, Syd and Brit did a tremendous job of covering ground and keeping a solid shape. Brit in particular had man marking responsibilities and covered acres of ground on the day. Back at the SGU end of the pitch Meg held the ball well and allowed Georgia to get into a shooting lane but the twenty yard effort stung the keepers hands and stayed out. Inside the last ten minutes of the half the Sting got caught ball watching a bit and it cost them as a quick turn and shot allowed Noor no chance and the game was all tied up. Score at the half SGU 1 - Sting 1.

At the halftime break the Sting made some adjustments to the SGU formation and were looking to come out with a little more determination and did they ever. The game got a little more physical as the Sting upped the tempo of play and really took the game to their opponents. In short order the Sting had another goal and again it was off a first class set piece. Haley's looping corner dropped right onto the goal line and Georgia used her strength on the ball to chest it over the line and the Sting had the lead for the second time. SGU tried to answer back off a corner of their own but Noor was on the spot to pounce on the loose ball. The Sting came right back down the field and got the all important insuarnce goal. A deep throw in had Sami find Riley who in turn whipped in a bouncing cross in which fell to Taylor on the half volley and with the keeper dropping down to block the shot it went over her head and in the top of the net. Syd then nearly had a goal of her own off Mac's nice throw in but her flick shot was caught up high by the keeper. The Sting were coming in waves now as the chances piled up. Syd laid a brilliant cross field pass for Haley who carried and let fly with a booming effort only for an even finer diving save by the SGU keeper. Ally then stripped the ball off her mark and volleyed a shot over the bar from outside the eighteen. Riley had a goal disallowed as Allie had been judged to have impeded the keeper. Finally Meg had the last chance on goal as some good build up play between Mac and Laura sprung her free but the effort was collected by the keeper. The final whistle sounded on a very convincing win by the Sting. Final score SGU 1 - Sting 3.

The Sting will now head across to Vancouver Island next weekend to take on the Island Champions, UVI Riptide. While the Sting will be the underdogs the players will be looking to see if they can continue a good run of form. Go Sting!!

Thursday, March 12
Most Inspirational Player Award 2014/15

At the club's Annual General Meeting, the Most Inspirational Player awards were handed out for the season. The winner for the Sting this year, as chosen by the players, was Ravneet.

Rav was chosen by her team mates for her hardwork and dedication both on and off the field and for leading by example. A well deserved recipient and was great to see the team come out to cheer her on.

Congratulations Rav!!

Monday, July 16
Michelle Roots, SAQ Trainer

The Delta Coastal Sting want to welcome back Michelle Roots, BA Kin, CSCS, to the coaching staff. Michelle will be our Strength, Agility and Quickness (SAQ) coach for the upcoming season. Michelle's biography is on her company website, Core Conditioning and can be viewed thru the Links tab.

Michelle will be putting the team thru her conditioning program starting in mid August in preparation for the Sting's upcoming season as well as their Labour Day tournament in Pitt Meadows. Michelle will be running her weekly sessions with the team until Thanksgiving. 

Welcome back Michelle to the Sting family.