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!!!

Tuesday, February 2
Sting Take Thriller in Vancouver

The Sting's last regular season match of the 2015/16 season was on the road for a rare Saturday night contest against Vancouver FC. The Sting wanted to finish off the League schedule on a high note but the Sting came into the match a little flat and the home team took the game to them. The Sting had to endure some sustained pressure for the first twenty minutes until they got their feet under them a bit. The Sting's first good chance on net came off of Rav's long free kick from centre as Ally was able to turn her check but the resulting effort found the side netting. A few minutes later and it was Vancouver on the board as a nice flick header sent their striker clear and a well placed chip shot left Freyja no chance. The Sting tried to answer back just before the break as Meg carried well but the twenty yard effort was always heading wide. A less than stellar first half came to an end with the score Vancouver 1 - Sting 0.

The Sting players had a good chat amongst themselves about what they needed to do to get back into the contest and the result was night and day. The second half had more energy and intensity as they took the game to the home team. Caitlin and Allie teamed up with some nice build up passing with Brit having the ball teed up for her but the effort from the edge of the box was at the keeper. The Sting's pressure was paying off though and they were rewarded for their hardwork with a nice goal. Sami, who once again had a standout game, played a ball over the top of the Vancouver defenders and Caitlin used her pace to get position on a breakaway, round the rushing keeper and slot the ball home. The Sting came close again as Rav's cross field free kick picked out Lou who was able to turn her check and release the shot from outside the box but the keeper made a good stop. There were to be more goals in this match as both teams were looking to get the go ahead goal but it was the Sting who answered the call off a set piece. Haley's curling corner kick saw the keeper misjudge the ball as it went over top of her and fell to Georgia who was on the spot to head the ball in. With all the momentum going the Sting's way a rare defensive mistake inside the Sting's eighteen saw the ball in the back of the net as again Freyja had no chance. With the game tied up the Sting had the better of the ball but both teams opened up the play to find the winner. Haley was sent thru on a break down the left touchline and she carried well, to get into a good shooting position and only a brilliant diving fingertip save saw the ball pushed out instead of going into the net. Vancouver came right back down the pitch and Freyja was forced into a fantastic foot save on the low hard shot. The final play of the game had the Sting with a corner and scored what was an amazing goal to win it. Lou's deep corner kick went far back post where Sami was on the spot to pick the ball out of the air on the volley and smash it into the back of the net for the winner. A match where the Sting recognized that they need to play the full ninety minutes but also a great character game that saw the players push till the end for the result. Final score Vancouver FC 2 - Sting 3.

The Sting finished fourth in their Pool and as one of the top two U-17 teams in both Pools. The Sting will finish off the month of February with some friendlies to keep sharp ahead of the Coastal Cup playdowns. The Coastal Cup schedule will be posted at the end of the month after the offical draw has taken place by MSL. Go Sting!!

Wednesday, January 27
Sting Stifle Rangers

After last weekends cancelled match the Sting were looking to get back into action but would be in tough against a very strong West Van Rangers team dominated with older players. The last time these two teams met was in hurricane like conditions in West Van with the home team coming out on top. This time around the Sting knew a little more about their opponents and while they put in a great nintey minutes of soccer, a deserving positive result was not to be. The Sting changed their formation for this match and had a lot of positive success in repelling any real challenges as a tremendous battle in the middle of the pitch occured between these two physical teams. To say there were more than a few knocks, bruises and cuts would be an understatement. The Sting were first to record a shot on net as Kass calmly stripped the ball away from her mark and connected with Brit in the middle of the pitch. A nice thru ball by Brit found Haley but the booming shot fizzed over the crossbar. The Rangers came right back with a similar play but Freyja was on the spot with some solid hands to collect. With the middle of the pitch being blocked up by both teams the chances were few and far between but just before the break the Sting came close again. A heads up play by Ally saw her take a quick throw to Meg which caught the Rangers out. Meg had a nice touch and turn on the shot but it was just dragged wide from twenty yards out. Score at the half Rangers 0 - Sting 0.

The Sting took a lot out of the first half knowing that they had created more chances and sent a pretty good message to one of the top teams in the MSL that they werent to be messed with. The second half opened up and again both teams had to really battle hard in what was the Sting's most physical match of the season. The Sting's defensive core of Sami, Georgia, Rav, Taylor and Caitlin in particular had to be on their toes and get stuck in. Fifteen minutes in and the Sting came so close to nabbing the first goal. Lou's outstanding corner kick came to the back post where Meg got her head on the ball but the Ranger player at the near post was able to knock it off the line. In the ensuing scramble to get the ball away Chelsea was able to get a shot on target but the Ranger keeper did well to get her body down onto the low hard effort. A few minutes later and Lou teamed up with Meg once more for another quality effort. This time it was another quick throw by Lou finding Meg who turned and carried up to the eighteen but her shot blazed over the far post for a goal kick. The Sting kept coming and the game got a little bit more edgy as the Sting were awarded a free kick from twenty yards out. Again the Sting went looking for the top corner but Lou's effort had too much pace and loft and sailed over. The Sting kept the pressure up and again Lou and Meg had another opportunity as Lou's corner kick went near post with Meg nodding the ball just wide of the post. So with the chances piling up a run against play goal saw the Rangers able to scramble a loose ball into the net from inside the eighteen. The Sting would kick themselves for not dealing with the loose ball better as up until that point the Rangers were kept to long range efforts which the defense did well to clear or Freyja was on the spot to mop things up. Some poor reffing showed itself in a lack of consistency as Ally was shown a yellow for dissent but same type of play was not called on the opposition a few minutes later. The Sting had a brilliant chance ten minutes from time as Brit was able to use her strength on the thru ball to hold off a defender who was hanging on her and again a free kick should have been awarded. With the keeper coming out of the box to play the ball, Brit got in the way of the clearance and the shot came right back and headed for the empty net. The soccer gods were cruel on this day though as the ball spun the wrong way and skidded by the far post. The last chance of the day fell to Haley as a great wide ball found her making a brilliant run down the left side but with defensive pressure on her the shot was from the edge of the eighteen and forced a diving save. Final whistle sounded on a match the Sting should have seen at least a point from but they will have to be satisified with another quality performance even if the results were not in their favour. Final score West Van Rangers 1 - Sting 0. The Sting now head back on the road for a rare Saturday contest against Vancouver FC. 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.