Delta Coastal Sting: Welcome

2015 Sting
Delta Coastal Selects Sting

Home of the 2015 Umbro Beach Blast Champions, 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 Umbro 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-17 Metro, Delta Coastal Selects Sting team website, for the 2015/16 season. The Delta Coastal Selects team, formerly known as the SurDel Sting, is a partnership between the SurDel, Tsawwassen, Coastal FC and Ladner soccer clubs.  The Sting team will be hitting the training pitch in August to start to prepare for the kickoff of the new season but not before heading down to Jericho Beach for this summer's Umbro Beach Blast Tournament. As well the players will be 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!!!

Friday, April 8
Sting Robbed on North Shore

The 2016 Coastal A Cup draw gods were not kind to the Sting as after winning their preliminary match they had to face League Champion North Shore 98 on the road. With North Shore losing only once all season the Sting took some solace from the fact that they have been only one of two teams who have scored more than two goals in a game against them all year, in their most recent clash a 3 - 2 loss back in January. The Sting put in a very good week of training leading up to the contest and had a strong game plan to try and limit their older opposition. The first half of the match saw the Sting be very patient in their play and their defensive core of Sami, Rav, Syd, Taylor, Kass, Meg, Georgia, Brit and Mac play a very compact formation which kept the North Shore team to long range efforts which Freyja was on top of all game long. In fact it was thirty minutes in before Freyja was tested with any substance off a bit of a scramble in the box but the high shot saw her collect with ease. The Sting had a few forays in the oppositions half and nearly caught them napping as Rav's free kick over the top of the defenders saw Brit get a hold of the ball but the resulting shot from the edge of the box was right at the keeper. Just before the break Haley whipped a dangerous looking cross in from a corner kick that just skimmed over Georgia's head and out. Score at the half North Shore 0 - Sting 0.

The Sting knew the deeper they could get the game with a tie or better the more pressure would be on the favoured home team. Some great passing and build up play saw Meg slip a nice channel pass onto the wing for Ally to run onto. Ally was able to beat her mark and whip a dangerous cross into the six yard box where Georgia was always the favourite to get her body on the ball and turn it into the net for the go ahead goal. The Sting showed a lot of maturity by keeping their shape in the back and a ton of communication to keep frustrating the home team. This frustration bubbled over twenty minutes from time when a clear offside had the North Shore coach screaming at the asssitant ref who had raised his flag. An embarassing display that forced the ref over to warn him. The Sting still had another good effort to get an insurance goal ten minutes from time as Ally, who had a wonderful game, again beat her mark but the eighteen yard effort was well saved. With three lousy minutes to go disaster struck as what appeared to be an offside goal was allowed and North Shore was able to notch the equalizer. As the full time whistle sounded the Sting were looking for an explanation on the call and were told that the North Shore player had come back from an offside position to play the ball and then scored. As this is the clear definition of offside the players and coaches were left scratching their heads and more than upset as to this dubious decision.

This forced the game into two fifteen minutes halves of Extra Time but the Sting were rattled by the earlier call and gave up two quick goals inside the first five miuntes of extra time. These Sting players however do not hang their heads and kept pushing back and just before the break they clawed a goal back as Ally was left alone out wide and her cross into the box eluded the keeper and went into the far side of the net. Score at the half of extra time North Shore 3 - Sting 2.

With five minutes gone in the second half of extra time the coaches had no choice but to push some more players up the field to try and secure the tying goal. A loss by one or two goals in this knockout game didnt matter but the change of formation left the back end light and North Shore were able to take advantage and notch two more goals before the final whistle sounded. Final score AET North Shore 98 5 - Sting 2.

The Sting deserved so much better in this match as they played the match to perfection and all eighteen players played a major part in executing the game plan. The only thing they could not control was the human error factor and this cost the team the win. The effort the girls expanded was huge and the score line was clearly not a reflection of the match, rather a 1 - 0 win should have been the result. This team though wont cry about it but will move forward as they prepare for the Slurpee Cup in Kamloops in May. Go Sting!!

Wednesday, March 16
Sting in Mayors Cup Tournament

With a successful 2015/16 MSL season behind them and a win in the first round of Coastal Cup, the Sting headed into the Mayors Cup to keep their good play of late going. The Sting had three matches over the weekend against the U-18 Kamloops Blaze, U-17 Port Moody Storm and U-18 UVI Riptide teams. With the Sting seeing a few players away for Spring Break and thru injury the team called up Vanessa, Ava and Mia to help with the team.

First up for the Sting was a familar team in the Kamloops Blaze. While this team was primarily made up of older players there were a few faces from the Bronze medal match at the Provincial Championships when these two clubs met last July. The game proved to be a very entertaining match with the Sting putting in a very solid effort. Georgia got things rolling for the Sting as she did well to shrug off a few challenges before teeing up the ball for Mac just inside the eighteen but the left footed effort fizzed by the far post. Some strong work by the Sting's central midfielders was paying off as Brit, Meg, Syd and Georgia were doing a great job of both attacking and defending. Brit scooped up the loose ball and spied Syd moving into space. A nice wall pass over to her saw Syd's twenty five yard effort clatter off the crossbar and out. Caitlin and Brit then got into a nice give and go with Brit slipping the ball thru for Caitlin to run onto but the resulting shot was at the keeper for the easy save. The Sting were keeping the pressure up and were awarded a corner and once again came close. Haley whipped a cross in from the keepers left side which squirted out to Kass at the top of the eighteen but her effort was cleared off the line and away. Mia, who had a great game filling in for Sami, put a brilliant deep ball over the top from her left back position for Ally to latch onto. Ally pulled the ball back after beating her mark but the shot was well gathered by the Blaze keeper. The Sting's last chance of the half came from some strong work from Meg as she battled past two Blaze players to find Vaneesa making a good run off the right wing but the resulting twelve yard shot was just wide of the near post. Score at the half Blaze 0 - Sting 0.

The second half was once again all Sting as Freyja had little to do in this contest. While the number of chances were fewer the quality was much better and the goals came from the results. Caitlin collected a loose ball outside the eighteen where she beat her mark and in attempting to cut back across a Blaze defender she was hauled down for a penalty kick. Lou strode up and confidently slammed the ball past the keeper to her left side for the go ahead goal. The goal really set Kamloops back and the Sting kept up the pressure with positive results. The Blaze defenders saw Chelsea put some big time pressure on them in their own eighteen where they coughed up the ball. Meg was able to collect the ball and find Haley out wide to the left of the box where she crossed over into the middle. While the keeper was able to get a fingertip on it Georgia was on the spot to out jump her check and head the ball in for the insurance goal. From there the Sting saw the game out with the fianl result being Kamloops Blaze 0 - Sting 2.

The Sting's second match of the day saw a depleted and tired team playing the Port Moody Storm. On paper the Sting may have been favoured to win but the Storm played a solid defensive match and the Sting were not their usual motivated selves. That said the Sting had the better chances but their finish really let them down. Caitlin had the first good chance as she used her pace to beat her mark and skipped past the keeper but the angle was tight on net and the shot found the side netting. In a lacklustre first half this was the only highlight as the half came to an end with the score Storm 0 - Sting 0.

The second half had a few more chances as Kass and Lou teamed up but Lou's twenty five yard effort saw the Storm keeper make a great diving save. A few minutes later and Lou went close again as this time she collected a loose ball at the top of the eighteen but did not get over top of it and lashed it over the crossbar. With about five minutes to go the Storm played a long ball and a rare miscue in the back saw the ball find the empty net. As this was their only chance on net in the match it hurt even more. The Sting though gave it one more effort as Syd pushed up the field and found Rav playing striker but once again the Storm keeper came up big with a great diving save. This was basically the last play of the match with the final whistle sounding and the result Port Moody Storm 1 - Sting 0.

The Sting came into Sundays match once again playing another familiar team as the UVI Riptide from Vancouver Island were the oppononents. Like the Kamloops team the Sting played UVI both in Coastals and Provincials last season and while the bulk of the team were older players there were a couple of familiar faces. This was an excellent match as both teams went back and forth with chances but it was the middle of the field where the bulk of the action took place. Hats off to the Sting on this day as several players were forced to play positions they typically do not see during the season and they responded in a brilliant way. The Sting were exploiting the use oftheir pace up top but the Riptide team did a great job of trying to stem the tide. Chelsea and Ava did a splendid job of working the ball up the pitch where Chelsea played Ava into the eighteen but the effort was rifled right at the keeper. The Riptide answered back with a fantastic dipping strike from the edge of the eighteen that left Freyja no chance. Ally and Ava teamed up just before the break but the resulting effort skipped wide of the post. Some very good soccer by both teams saw the half end Riptide 1 - Sting 0.

The second half played out much like the first but the Sting had the better chances on goal. Ten minutes in and the Sting tied things up as Georgia muscled her check off the ball and slipped a fifteen yard pass thru the defenders for Ava to run onto. A nice carry and right footed shot to the bottom left corner left the keeper no chance. At the other end Freyja did a great job of playing out of her net and being an outled for the defence to run the ball thru and this kept the speed of the Riptide team at bay. That said she was forced into an outstanding diving take as she showed great bravery taking the ball of the strikers foot. Haley then stepped up big time as she got phyisical and turned her mark inside out and lashed an eighteen yard effort but it found the top corner of the side netting. It was a game that the coaches would like to see play out but as it was a tournament the game drew with the score UVI Riptide 1 - Sting 1. A tie in this tournament meant automatic penalty kicks where the Sting lost out 3 - 2.

Overall a great couple of days of soccer by the players as they look forward to their next Coastal Cup match in early April against the League Champion North Shore 98 team. Until then the players will take a well deserved two weeks off for Spring Break before getting back to the training pitch in late March to prepare. Go Sting!!

Wednesday, March 9
Sting Begin Quest for Coastal Cup

After a fine MSL season, the Sting finished in the top of the table but were left with the uncertainty of not knowing if they would be playing early in the Coastal Cup or get a bye thru to the next round. As the draw gods saw fit their name was pulled from the hat as they were drawn against the Port Moody Dynamite in a preliminary match up. At this time of the season it is now a win and move forward or lose and your season is done so the Sting came into the match looking to extend their fine play of late. The first fiteen minutes of the contest was all Sting as they were relentless with the pressure they put on the Dynamite's back four. Their first good chance on net came off a brilliant wide cross from Brit over to Haley at the far post but the shot was whiffed on and rolled past the post. One of the Sting's keys to the game was to limit any set pieces but twenty minutes in they gave up a corner that was turnd into the net as the Dynamite squad went up in the match. The goal rattled the Sting as they tried to press the ball too much and turned possession over on numerous occasions as they looked for an equalizer. That said a goal was clearly in the making as the players were creating too many opportunities not to score. Syd chipped a ball up to Brit who did a great job of taking it off her chest, turning and shooting but the effort was wide of the net. Taylor then fed a fine thru pass for Ally to run onto. Ally beat her mark around the edge with her speed and the resulting shot looked destined for the far side of the net but it just grazed by the post and out. It wasnt all Sting though as another corner had the Sting in trouble but Freyja made a brilliant diving save to ther left to keep the Dynamite at bay. The Sting were not to be denied though and some good pressure in the eighteen saw them net the equalizer. Brit's first class cross from the right touchline found Georgia in the eighteen where she climbed over her mark to get a head on the ball to nod it back across the net. With the Dynamite keeper and defender trying to clear the ball away Caitlin used her strength to bundle the ball over the line for the goal. Score at the half Dynamite 1 - Sting 1.

The second half again saw the Sting carry the play but Port Moody had chances of their own. A few minutes in and Freyja was once again forced into a splendid diving save from open play. At the other end of the pitch Taylor's throw in picked out Brit at the edge of the box where her turn and shot just clipped the crossbar. The Sting were then awarded two quick corner kicks and on the second Lou's cross found Sami who got a head onto it but the effort was right at the keeper and well gathered. With all the sustained pressure by the Sting you could feel a goal coming but it was the opposition who almost netted, again off a set piece. A free kick from the edge of the eighteen saw the shot clear the Sting's wall and dip but once again Freyja came to the rescue with an outstanding fingertip save to tip the ball over the bar. The next goal, when it came, appeared from almost nowhere and it was an absolute stunner of a strike. Some more Sting pressure in the final third saw the ball once again cleared by the Dynamite defenders but only as far as Syd. With the ball being teed up for her Syd let fly with a thirty five yard screamer that dipped and caught the underside of the Dynamite crossbar, off the keeper and in for the go ahead goal with fifteen minutes to play. A few minues later Georgia found herself booked for getting in front of a free kick to give her team mates time to get into position, a good foul to take at that juncture of the match. The Sting locked down their own end of the pitch as the Dynamite team didnt come close after that. In fact it was the Sting who looked the more likely to get another as Ally's brilliant carry into the eighteen saw her shrug off two defenders before she turned and fired a curling effort that just missed the far side of the net. The final whistle sounded on a well deserved win with the final being Port Moody Dynamite 1 - Sting 2.

The Sting will now progress thru the Coastal Cup but will have an epic uphill climb as they have been drawn against the number one seeded team and League Champion North Shore 98 team. This match will be played the first weekend in April so the Sting will have time to prepare and part of this prep will start this weekend as the team heads into the Mayors Cup tournament. Go Sting!! 

Wednesday, March 9
Most Inspirational Player Award 2015/16

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 Britney.

Britney 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 Brit!!

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.