Delta Coastal Sting: Welcome

2013 USA Cup team
Delta Coastal Selects Sting

Home of the 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, August 11
Sting Fall in Semi Finals

After the round robin portion of the Mt. Hood Challenge Cup the Sting finished fourth in their group and were off to the semi finals against the RSA Elite. The Sting played this team in their first match so knew what to expect from the first place team. With the Sting having to man mark the Elite's top player and both Brit and Mac doing a great job to limit her chances it did open up the pitch a little bit and the Elite squad took several long range efforts that cleared the cross bar. A big part of this was due to Riley doing a great job covering the angles in place of the still injured Evalyn. So the first twenty minutes of the opening half saw the Sting really having to absorb pressure and once again the Sting's stellar defence of Taylor, Syd, Sami, Brit and Mac worked hard to limit these chances. That said the Sting did push when they had the chance and Sami's twenty five yard effort saw the keeper gather well. As well Laura's work rate kept the Elite defenders on their toes as she pressed them into making numerous poor passing choices. So the Sting ended the half without too much to show in the attacking end with the score at the half, Elite 0 - Sting 0.

The Sting opened up the second half a little brighter in the offensive end but the Elite defenders did well in cutting out the passes. Some very hard work in the middle of the pitch by Georgia, Meg, Hailey, Nicole and Chelsea saw these midfielders trying to service the strike team of Kylie and Laura. The Elite team did a great job of pressuring the Sting and some lack of training was pretty evident as the Sting tried to get into sync. The Sting's best chance of the half came off a solid run by Hailey down the left touchline but her solid cross went back post without a Sting player there for the easy tap in. The Elite's MVP then went to work as two goals in the span of less than ten minutes on breakaways put the game out of reach for the Sting. Final score RSA Elite 2 - Sting 0.

The Sting's season will now begin in earnest as the players will be heading back to the training grounds to prep for the Labour Day tournament and more importantly the start of the 2014/15 Metro season, which will be starting up in less than a month. The Portland tournament proved invaulable for the players and coaches as they look forward to using their experiences in Oregon to build off of and challenge for another Metro Championship. Go Sting!!

Saturday, August 9
Sting Off to Semi Finals at Mt. Hood Tournament

The Sting's second match of the Mt. Hood Challenge Cup had them up against Norpoint FC. This would prove to be a tough match for the girls as game fitness was also coupled with the 30+ temperature and the fact that Evalyn was injured during the warm ups. Riley bravely stepped in and did a great job in net but it did take the already tired Sting down to two subs. The game was a real battle of the midfielders as each team worked very hard and the Norpoint squad quickly closed down the space for the Sting. It also meant that Taylor, Syd, Sami and Brit had to play a very compact defensive shape and they did this very well in covering for each other. Sami did jump up from her position to win a loose ball, carry and shoot from the edge of the box but the keeper did well to gather. Meghan and Kylie then linked up with some good build up play before Kylie sprung Laura free but the shot fized wide of the post. At the other end the Sting defended several corners very well, cleared their lines and moved up the field to press the middle of the park. A tough first half with more than its share of pushing, tugging, elbows and hair tugging did not deter the Sting even if the ref had pocketed his whistle. Score at the half Norpoint 0 - Sting 0.

The second half played out much like the first but the Sting had a sustained session of pressure where they looked as if they might secure the first goal. Their best chance of the match came from some patient passing as Laura back passed to Kylie outside the eighteen. Kylie in turn fed a brilliant thru ball to Hailey who got around her check on the wing and fired a low hard cross in for Laura. A nice flick almost caught the keeper napping but she was able to readjust and make a nice diving save. A few minutes later and the Sting were once again frustrated as Kylie nice long throw into the eighteen saw Georgia out jump her mark for a header and for her trouble got a two handed push in the back whichwas a clear penalty shot but went for naught. So a tough break then went against the Sting as an errant pass led to some breakdown in the Sting's end and a loose ball was fired past a helpless Riley. The Sting's last shot on goal saw Meg back pass to Sami and from thirty yards out Sami's low hard shot tested the keeper but she got her body behind it for the save. The final whistle sounded on a match that saw the Sting overcome some adversity and one that will serve them well in the future. Score at the whistle Norpoint FC 1 - Sting 0.

With the loss the Sting fall to fourth in the table but enough to see them into tomorrow's semi final match which will be a repeat of their first game of the tournament as they will take on the first place RSA Elite team. Go Sting!! 


Saturday, August 9
Sting Clearcut Timbers

The Sting's second game of the Mt. Hood Tournament and first of the day, saw them up against the Washington Timbers FC. The Sting took to the field with a positive midset and dominated the match from start to finish. Lots of pressure by the Sting's strikers in the attacking end forced several turnovers. Off of one of these Taylor, who moved up from her right back role, crossed to the far post where Kylie's header fizzed by the outside of the post. Kylie and Mac then got into a nice give and go deep in the Timbers end with Kylie's lofted cross just missing the far side of the net. Some strong work in the midfield by Georgia, Meg, Hailey and Mac saw the Sting really control the flow of the game as they were patient in their build up. From one of these plays Hailey was sprung free down the left wing and while her cross was behind Riley, Kylie did a great job playing off her stike partner as she slotted the ball home from the top of the six yard box and the Sting had the lead. The Timbers almost levelled things up though as a thru ball has Syd muscling her check off the ball while Evalyn bravely came out to challenge and knock the ball wide for Brit to clear. The Sting then put together one of their better goals we have seen in a long time. Evalyn came out for a loose ball and played it short to Syd on the left touchline. Nine solid passes later the Sting had taken the ball from the left touchline across to the right touchline to Nicole. Nicole did a great job to open herself up to carry the ball and laid a picture perfect thru ball that split the defenders for Kylie to run onto. A nice one touch and shot from the top of the eighteen saw the keeper get a hand to it but Kylie's shot had too much power and went top corner for the Sting's second of the match. The Timbers then came close off a short corner of their own but the shot landed on the top of the crossbar and out. Kylie came close to her hat trick as Chelsea did a great job of winning the loose ball in the eighteen with her strength and laying the pass off to Kylie but the low hard shot just curled wide of the far post. The end of the half saw a very solid possession game for the Sting. Score at the half Timbers 0 - Sting 2.

The second half saw the Sting pick right back up with their solid performance. Nicole and Hailey got things moving first as some nice give and go passing saw Nicole spring Hailey down the right touchline. Hailey's low cross just eluded her strike partner Laura and the keeper did well to gather on the sliding take. The Sting then stepped up and put the game out of reach. Taylor's tremendous corner went back post where Georgia was on the spot to slot the ball home. The Sting kept up the pressure as Hailey and Chelsea moved the ball well between them and Chelsea played Hailey thru but the resulting shot sailed over the bar. The Sting's last chance came off another corner as this time it was Hailey's near post cross that was cleared as far as Kylie but her booming shot was well blocked on the line. Again some fitness came into play for the last ten minutes as the Timbers tried to break down the Sting's backline but Taylor, Syd, Sami, Mac and Brit were having none of it as they turned away the threats. The Timbers final chance of the game saw a cross field pass spring their left winger into the eighteen all alone but Evalyn did an amazing job of coming out and making herselff big as she blocked the shot to preserve her clean sheet. Final score Washington Timbers FC 0 - Sting 3.

The Sting will now wrap up the round robin portion of the tournament this afternoon before the knockout stage begins tomorrow. Go Sting!! 

Friday, August 8
Sting and Elite Kick Off Mt. Hood Tournament

The Sting begin their long season with a pre sesaon tournament in Portland, Oregon. The Mt. Hood Challenge Cup is the larest soccer tournament on the west coast with over 600 teams participating. The Sting, with only two training sessions under their belt, knew they were going to be tested as most of the teams here are winding their seasons down and are at peak form. That said the Sting brough their usual resolve into the match against the older RSA Elite team from Washington state.

The first half saw both teams trying to find their way and find ways to break down each others back lines. Laura and Riley worked hard in their striker roles to force the RSA defenders into some bad passes but the Sting were unable to capitalize. The Elite best chance came off a break away towards Evalyns left side but the hard low shot was met with an outstanding diving save by Evalyn. The Sting's defence played a decent first half as Taylor, Kylie, Brit, Sami, Syd and Mac kept the Elite squad in check. Just before the break the Sting had a free kick from about 30 yards out and Riley's floating cross to the far side of the eigtheen was eventually scrambled away. So not a thrilling first half but the Sting did enough to keep themselves in the match albeit with not too many opportunities on goal. Score at the half Elite 0 - Sting 0.

The second half saw the Elite team put some speed up front and get into a bit of a kick and chase game. Syd and Brit did a decent job of bottling this up but with a combination of heat and fatigue this tactic took its toll and an eventual thru ball found its way into the back of the net on a break away. Evalyn was called into action again as a tremendous sliding challenge saw her force the ball wide and Kylie saw the ball off for a corner. About ten minutes later though and the Elite notched another as the Sting failed to close down the space fast enough and the shot left Evalyn with no chance. The Sting though did get some second wind and off of Sami's first class corner the keeper did well to climb above Georgia and fist the ball away. A good spell of possession then saw some good build up play as Taylor placed a nice thru ball down the touchline for Chelsea to run onto. Chelsea beat her check and her left footed cross fell to Nicole who just managed to get a toe onto it but the keeper was on the spot to gather. The final whistle fell on the Sting's first game of the tournament and while a tie may have been a more fair result they will work on some pieces for tomorrow's double header. Final score RSA Elite 2 - Sting 0. Go Sting!!

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.