Delta Coastal Sting: Welcome

Kamloops 2016
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-18 Metro, Delta Coastal Selects Sting team website, for the 2016/17 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 as well as looking forward to heading to Seattle in November for a Showcase tournament. As well the players will be working out with core conditioning coach Michelle Roots in preparation for the upcoming soccer season in August. 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, June 3
Sting in Kamloops for Slurpee Cup

The Sting wrapped up their 2015/16 season with a road trip tournament to Kamloops for the Slurpee Cup. With one more season left for the players next year some fun and team bonding was in order after a very succesful U-17 season. The Sting would be missing Ally and McKenna as they could not come but they did welcome next seasons new additions in Simran, Allison (Meyer) and Lauren.

Day #1 was a travel day for the team as they headed up to Kamloops on the Friday but our Team Moms, Michelle & Carmen, did a great job of planning out the weekend so a long car trip was topped off with some fun playing FootGolf. FootGolf is essentially a cross between soccer and golf and while the sun was shining the windy day played havoc and fun with the players and parents who were on the course. The evening was topped off with a great meal at the golf course as old friendships and new ones were in the mix around the tables. With a 6:00pm game for the next day the coaches lifted curfew for the team but with the weather turning colder the players ended up hanging around the rooms for the most part.

Day #2, game day. Saturday saw the Sting's first match of the event and they were up against a very big and strong Nelson Selects squad. The sun breaking out just before the kickoff didnt brighten things as within five minutes the Sting were down a goal due to some early pressure in their back end. The slow starting Sting had to endure some more pressure and it wasnt until the last ten minutes of the half that they started to get a foothold in the match. Syd and Sami got into some nice build up passing before Sami sprung Haley free in the eighteen but the hard low effort was right at the keeper. The half for the most part ended up being played in the middle third of the pitch with little in the way of chances for either team, score at the half Nelson 1 - Sting 0. The second half saw the team come out with some more determination but a rare mistake in the back saw some cover blown and the Nelson striker was sent in on a break and slipped the ball past a helpless Evalyn. This teams attitude is one that they never give up and new girl Myer created a chance when she slipped a ball over to Lou coming in off the wing but the booming shot found the side netting. The Sting kept pressing though and were rewarded a deserved goal. Lou's curling free kick in to the eighteen found Lauren who knocked it over to Caitlin to bundle the ball home. The last ten minutes was all Sting but they just could not create that final finish to tie things up as the final whistle sounded. Final score Nelson Selects 2 - Sting 1. The team headed back to the hotel to an awesome spread of food the parents had put out and the team headed out for a movie night to wrap up the day.

Day #3, double header day. The Sting had two matches on this day with the first being against Terrace. The Sting wanted to get off to a better start than the first game and for large spells of the match they were clearly the better team. Lou got things going as her corner fell to Georgia who calmly laid the ball back to Kass but the shot curled wide of the near post. With a lot of Sting pressure a goal against the run of play saw Terrace net first and again the Sting had to chase the game. It wasnt long before they answered back though as Meg took things on herself. A brilliant run across the width of the pitch with the ball had her put a great channel pass thru for Georgia. Georgia in turn beat her mark to the end line where a cut back pass picked out Caitlin who brilliantly chipped the keeper and into the far side of the goal to even things up. Meyer then showed her pace as she collected the loose ball and rounded her mark but the resutling shot was at the keeper. Terrace came close at the other end just before the half but Simran got enough of the ball to knock it onto the post and out. Halftime score Terrace 1 - Sting 1. Brit got things going in the second as she ran at the Terrace back four and after beating her mark, the eighteen yard effort was at the keeper for the save. The Sting kept coming though and were rewarded off a set piece. Lou's first class corner saw the Sting licking their chops as the ball was just over Georgia's head but Chelsea was lined up as well as she nodded the ball home for the go ahead goal. A cruel questionable foul with a few minutes to go saw Terrace notch the equalizer off a well taken free kick up and over the wall. Not the result the team deserved but some good soccer to watch. Final score Terrace 2 - Sting 2.

The Sting's second game of the day was against Calgary Juventus and it was in the weather the Sting are use to, a downpour to say the least. This did not cool off the Sting as they were looking to play a full match and the fans got their moneys worth in this one. Lauren got things rolling this time as she stripped the ball off her mark and slipped the ball into the eighteen for Caitlin to run onto. With the diving keeper rushing out, Caitlin used her pace to get there first and chip the ball over for the early lead. A few minutes later and Brit was on the spot to intercept a poor goal kick but the resulting effort was right back into the keepers hands. The Sting kept the pressure up though and another set piece goal added to the lead. Lou's looping free kick to the back post had Sami in the right spot as she rose higher than her check and headed the ball home. Just before the break the Sting added a third goal and what a beauty it was. Meg, who had a monster game, skipped past two defenders before sliding the ball over to Brit just outside the eighteen. A nice one touch and shot saw the rocket shot past the diving keeper and into the top right corner for a screamer of a goal. Score at the half Calgary 0 - Sting 3. The coaches discussion at half talked about momentum and not giving anything back but just a few minutes into the return to play Calgary notched a goal to give them some life. The Sting though were not about to let this one get away and returned with a goal that made the coaches happy. Haley stole the ball in the final third of the pitch and found Meg at the top of the eighteen where she let fly with a screamer that stung the keepers hands and she spilled the ball. Cailtin was on the spot as she was going to the net on the shot looking for the spoils and she prodded the ball home. A type of goal the coaches want to see more of next season. The Sting were not about to take the foot off the gas and they closed out the game with two more beauties. Meg skipped down the wing with the ball before finding Lauren who made a great diagonal run into the box. A brilliant one time touch and shot beat the keeper low as one of the Sting's newest players notched her first Sting goal! Georgia and Meg then rounded things off as Georgia used her strength on the ball to muscle her check off it and laid the ball back for Meg who rifled the ball up under the crossbar from ten yards out giving the keeper no chance. Final score Calgary 1 - Sting 6. The Sting then headed back to the hotel for another great feast and afterwards the players drifted off to their rooms while the parents did some bonding of their own.

Day #4 final day of the tournament. The final day of the event before the team headed home had them playing the host Kamloops Blaze. With the Blaze having already securing the Cup the game was fairly meaningless from a results aspect but the Sting wanted to ensure they still gave a full effort especially as this was Lou's last game with the team as she is leaving next season to focus on volleyball in her final year. The game while entertaining from a technical aspect was not the most exciting contest as the match was played, for the most part, in the middle third of the pitch. Simran was forced into a good save up high inside the first ten minutes as she collected well. The Sting came close as Allie chipped over the defence for Lou but her shot found the side netting as a laclustre first half came to an end Blaze 0 - Sting 0. The Blaze reopened the second half with a goal ten minutes in which forced the Sting to chase the game a bit. Lauren slotted a brilliant thru ball for Meg who in turn played Lou thru as the team was trying to get her a goal in her last match but the resulting shot curled wide of the post. With ten minutes left a free kick sealed the game for the Blaze as the ball was spilled and knocked home for insurance marker. The final whistle sounded with the score Kamloops Blaze 2 - Sting 0.

The tournament had a lot of success for the team as it was not only a good team bonder but also allowed the coahces to really see the team and how they performed with some different formation options. We saw some great performances from the players ie Caitlin's four goals, Brit's tremendous goal against Calgary and some brilliant work by the defenders at both ends of the field. While we wish Ally and Mac could have been with us we are really going to miss Lou next season. Lou has been with the team for four seasons and while her match performances and skills will be missed the antics away from the pitch and her fun loving character will be tough to replace.

The team will now be taking some time off to prep for what will be their last season of youth soccer but a full season it will be with some more tournaments, a trip to Seattle, league play, SAQ, Coastal Cup play and hopefully a run to Provincials would be a great way to top off what has been a massive six seasons of Metro Selects Soccer by these players. Enjoy the summer and 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.