Delta Coastal Sting: Welcome

2015 Coastal Cup
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!!!

Wednesday, July 29
Phil Cornes

Phil, my Dad, was a huge fan of the Sting and while living in Alberta meant he didnt get to see the matches he was always asking how the team was doing and how the players were making out. As with the parents being proud of the daughters on the pitch my Dad was also proud of myself and the other coaches and how we try to give the players the best experiences we can. He encouraged me to push the players but to also ensure they kept the love of the sport top of mind.

While we were at the USA Cup he would post messages of encouragement to the teams website and watched our webcast match. In fact we watched it again in the Spring when I went out to Alberta for a visit. He had a passion for the sport being signed by the Wolverhampton Wanderers FC in the 1940's and while he was playing for their reserve team he was called into service with the Royal Air Force. While his dream of professional football was over he still played on the RAF's first team as they travelled around the Mediterranean playing other countries and armed services. Clearly I missed out on his soccer DNA as a player as I remember trying to beat him in the backyard with a ball only to see him make a few moves and me chasing his coat tails.

Unfortunately on the eve of the Provincial A Cup he suddenly passed away and while I know he would have liked to hear about the girls exploits in person I also know he was cheering them on then and will be in the future. He was an awesome guy and will sorely be missed.


Wednesday, July 29
Sting Run Out of Gas

A season that began back in August of 2014 in Portland came to an end as the Sting took on the Kamloops Blaze in the Bronze medal match of the 2015 Provincial A Cup. The match had a bitter taste to it as the players knew they had come close to their goal and this had the coaches concerned with their mental preparation. In a fairly uneventful first half the Sting managed a goal off of Rav's first class free kick from thirty yards out and although the keeper got a hand to it the ball had too much pace and the Sting had the lead. With the whistle sounding on the first half the players came off the field looking very dejected as the team looked for some energy. Score at the half Blaze 0 - Sting 1.

Noor entered the second half to relieve Evalyn in net as she picked up a knock on her wrist and some halftime discussions to try and get the players going seemed to have some effect as Lou's outstanding corner was there for the taking but nobody got a head to it and the ball went out the other side of the pitch. Haley then did a great job of chipping the ball over to Syd at the six yard box but the header was right at the keeper. Syd was on fire though and came close again as Brit's layoff pass saw the twenty five yard effort by Syd whistle just over the bar. The Blaze though coul dsense the Sting were just not in the mood and started to press the players. Noor was forced into two fine saves before a long range free kick looped over her head and th egame was tied up. From there on in it was all Blaze as the Sting were just not emotionally invested in the match and in th efinal fifteen minutes the Blaze were able to notch two more to take the Bronze medal. Final score Kamloops Blaze 3 - Sting 1.

The Sting had a tremendous season with lots of team and player accomplishments. Some nice comments by the BC Soccer evaluators on site for the tournament as they noted the Sting were playing some brilliant soccer. So the 2014/15 season came to a close and while the players may not have acheived their ultimate goal they will take away a lot from the season and this event in particular as they take a break for a few weeks before getting back to the training pitch in August for another eventful season. Go Sting!!

Wednesday, July 29
Sting Come Oh So Close........

The Sting's final round robin match of the 2015 Provincial A Cup had them up against the Kamloops Blaze. A worse case scenario would mean the Sting would have to win by three clear goals to make it into the Championship match depending on the other game going on but a lesser number may also work. Regardless the players knew what they had to do and they put in a dominating match. Rav got things going as her free kick from twenty five yards out was pushed around the post for the save. Another free kick ten minutes in by Brit saw another good opportunity. Brit's cross field pass found Taylor moving up the wing from her right back role and her nice layoff pass picked out Syd at the edge of the box but the booming shot was saved up high. Yet another set piece had the Sting going near as Lou's picture perfect corner found Syd who nodded the ball out for Sami but the shot from just inside the box fizzed wide of the post. Meg then got into the action as she did a brilliant job of carrying the ball up the middle of the pitch before finding Kylie on the thru ball. A nice touch on the ball and shot saw a tremendous diving fingertip save that was pushed onto the post and out. The final good chance of the half fell to Brit as she stripped the ball off her mark and let fly from twenty yards out but again the keeper made a fine diving save. Score at the half Blaze 0 - Sting 0.

Some scoreboard watching had the other game notted at 0 - 0 at the half so the Sting would really need to turn things up in the second. The second half also opened with Evalyn relieving Noor and getting into the net for the first time since last August as she was cleared to resume to action by the doctors. A few minutes in and Brit picked up right where she left off as she won the loose ball at the edge of the eighteen and let fly with a first class effort but again a diving save kept the Sting off the sheet. The Sting were then left looking at the ref in disbelief as a clear pull down in the box on Kylie should have seen a penalty kick but the ref pocketed his whistle. A few minutes later and Meg was on the end of a long throw in by Lou but the turn and shot lacked power and sputtered by the far post. A goal was in the works though and it was a beauty. Lou chipped the ball over the Blaze defenders for Ally to run onto and cross into the box and Haley did a great job of adjusting her run and slamming the ball home for the lead. A one goal lead was not enough for the players though and the last ten minutes of the match had the Sting basically playing with three defenders as they tried for that all important second goal. Rav was moved into the striker role and almost immediatley found the net as she muscled her check off the ball at the edge of the eighteen but fired over the cross bar. From Georgia's outstanding thru ball Rav was then off on a mini break and with the keeper charging out of the net Rav's shot agonizingly clipped off the keepers ankle and spun past the wrong side of the post. This team which gave everything all year long then saw the final whistle sound on a game where ultimately they fell one goal shy of getting into the final and would have to settle for playing in the Bronze medal match again against the Blaze. Final score Blaze 0 - Sting 1. Bronze meadal match is tomorrow at 2:00pm. Go Sting!!

Friday, July 10
Sting & Riptide Battle in Provincials

The Sting's second round robin match in the 2015 Provincial Championships saw the Sting take on the UVI Riptide. These two teams last met in the 2015 Coastal Cup semi final in what was a highly entertaining and thrilling contest and while the Sting came away victors on that day they knew their opponents would be looking for some revenge.

The Sting opened up the match with a tremendous amount of pressure as they played some outstanding soccer. Lou got things going as her nice thru ball picked out Kylie in the box but the effort sailed over the bar. Kylie then did a great job of using her strength to seperate ball and player and fed the ball over to Ally. A fantastic move around her mark however saw the effort right at the keeper for the save. So it was a big run against play that saw the Riptide team go up as a free kick was well taken from twenty yards out and left Noor no chance. This of course gave the Riptide team some momentum and the Sting had their hands full especially Georgia, Brit and Meg as they workd relentlessly in the middle of the pitch to quell the attack. The Sting as we know just do not give up and some hadwork by Georgia down the right touchline paid off. Georgia stripped the ball off her mark, carried down the pitch and her cross to the top of the eighteen found Allie. A nice touch and turn on the ball saw Allie's booming shot spilled by the diving keeper and Ally was on the spot to slot home the equalizing goal. The Sting had several corners prior to the break but were unable to capitalize as the ball was scrambled away. Score at the break Riptide 1 - Sting 1.

The second half played out a lot like the first with the Sting carrying the initial play in the first twenty minutes. The Sting's best two chances came from the midfielders as Lou's long throw found Meg just inside the eighteen but the shot lacked pace as she was off balance on the shot. A few minutes later and another throw in from Lou nearly paid off as Georgia and Meg got into a nice give and go with Georgia's shot just getting whiffed on as the keeper was able to secure the ball. At the other end the Sting then had to endure pressure of their own as they gave up several corners but again the defense stood tall as they were able to clear. Noor was pressed into one more solid save before a great opportunity by the Sting saw Georgia's chip ball pick out Ally all alone on a break inside the box but a bad bounce saw the ball hit her arm for a Riptide free kick. The final whistle sounded on yet another great game between these two teams. Final score UVI Riptide 1 - Sting 1.

The Sting's final match of the round robin goes tomorrow as the Sting take on the Kamloops Blaze in a must win match for the players. Go Sting!! 

Friday, July 10
Sting Begins Quest for Provincial Championship

Entering the 2015 Provincial A Cup Championships the Sting find themselves in the four team round robin against the Lower Mainland Champions (Port Moody Storm), Island Champions (UVI Riptide) and the Interior Champions (Kamloops Blaze). The top two teams after round robin is complete move into the Gold medal match and the third and fourth place finishers compete for the Bronze medal.

First up for the Sting on the first day of the competition was the Port Moody Storm team. This highly skilled team is moving onto the Premier League next season and they have given the Sting fits all season long. The Sting knew they would have to play this team tight and keep their high powered offence in check and to that end the defensive core of Sami, Brit, Rav, Taylor, Mac, Kass and Syd did a fantastic job. After absorbing some initial pressure the Sting started to press a bit in the Storm end of the pitch. First off saw Ally pick up Haley's throw and after a good carry across the eighteen the low shot saw the keeper able to clear. Then off a booming drop kick by Noor, Kylie played the bounce to perfection but her long range effort whistled over the cross bar. A couple of bad giveaways in the final fifteen minutes of the half saw the Storm take advantage with two goals as they headed into the break the score was Storm 2 - Sting 0.

The second half opened up with the Sting having a good spell of possession but unable to capitalize on some build up play. At the other end Noor was pressed into service as she made a great sliding take. The Sting kept pressing the Storm backfield and were rewarded for their hardwork. Georgia stripped the ball off her mark, carried up the pitch and then slid a lovely thru ball for Ally to run onto at the edge of the eighteen. A nice one time touch and shot saw the low hard shot bulge the far side of the net and the Sting were back within a goal. This was shortlived though as five minutes later and the Sting were unable to clear off a corner and the Storm slotted in the loose ball. The Storm came close again five minutes from time as a booming shot from the edge of the eighteen saw Noor's diving fingertip save push the ball up onto the crossbar and out. The Sting did not want to concede a large goal difference in the match as they showed a lot of heart in pressing for another goal and they got their wish off a set piece. After a handball was judged against the Storm, Rav strode up to the ball and fired a curling effort over the wall and into the top corner from twenty two yards out, a beautiful take. With the final whislte sounding just a few minutes later the Sting had their best effort of the season against this team in the one goal loss. Final score Port Moody Storm 3 - Sting 2.

The Sting will get back into action on Friday against the UVI Riptide in what will surely be a tremendous match. 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.