Delta Coastal Sting: My Site News

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!!

Wednesday, January 13
Sting Back in Action Against Valley

The Sting resumed MSL play after their extended Christmas break with a tough home contest against the Fraser Valley Selects at Elsom. The Sting were also welcoming their new keeper to the team as the official paperwork has gone thru and Freyja has transfered to the team from Vancouver Island. With Evalyn cleared to resume light training in January the Sting are looking forward to having two healthy keepers moving into Coastal Cup play in April. The last time these two teams played each other the Sting came out on the wrong end of the result, even after playing some high quality soccer. So it wasnt much of a surprise when the first twenty minutes of the contest was a battle in the middle third of the pitch as both teams were left looking for some quality opportunities on net. On the day the Sting created more chances and the first one fell to Ally. A nice deep throw by Kylie found Georgia outside the eighteen where she slid a ball wide for Ally to run onto. A nice touch and shot had the keeper out of position but it curled the wrong side of the far post and out for a goal kick. Ally and Kylie teamed up on the next opportunity as a layoff by Ally back to Kylie saw the ball crossed to the back post and the Valley keeper had to be on her toes as Lou came charging thru for the jump ball but it was just over her head and out. The Sting had a brilliant spell of possession around the thirty minute mark and Mac, Haley and Meg made some fantastic one touch passes and turns which eventually freed up Brit but the twenty five yard effort fizzed by the far upright. A few minutes before the break and Lou did a great job of using her strength on the ball to strip her check and feed a thru pass for Chelsea but the thirty yard left footed effort was wide of the net. Score at the half Valley 0 - Sting 0.

 The second half saw the Sting slowly take over and create more chances. Freyja had to be sharp on the one opportunity the Valley team had but a nice high take kept the opposition at bay. Syd got things going for the Sting at the other end as she pounced on the loose ball outside the eighteen and let fly on net and with Allie making a nice diagonal run it took a deflection off her and right to the Valley keeper. Shortly after that and Georgia stripped the ball off her check and found Allie at the edge of the eighteen and only a nice diving save to the keepers right kept the hard low shot out. The Sting were keeping up the pressure and you could sense a goal coming but on the day the breaks were against them. Once again Georgia was in on the next play and this time it was Meg who was delivered an opportunity at the edge of the eighteen but her booming shot rattled off the base of the post and out. The Sting were creating some good opportunites down the right side and in succession Haley, Ally and Georgia all put crosses into the eighteen but all were a little too tight to the keeper as she was able to collect. The last real good opportunity for the Sting came a few minutes from time when Brit was able to turn on the ball from just outside the eighteen and caught the keeper cheating a bit off her line. The Valley keeper did a good job of getting back and getting some fingertips on the shot and it was just enough to deflect the shot up onto the bar and out. The final whistle sounded on a game where the Sting got better as the game went and outchanced the opposition but walked away with a tie. Final score Fraser Valley Selects 0 - Sting 0. The Sting will be hitting the training pitch looking to continue knocking some post Christmas rust off before they head on the road against CCB Elite next weekend. Go Sting!!

Tuesday, September 8
Sting Take Third Place at SX Cup

The Sting's final match in the SX Cup was the Bronze match against the North Shore Renegades and when these two teams get together it is always an entertaining affair and this afternoon's contest was no exception. The match was a tale of two halves as the Sting controlled the first and the Renegades the second. There was some very good quality play on the pitch but again it was the two midfields battling for position and the Sting had the lead inside of fifteen minutes. Haley took the ball clean out of the air, just the other side of half and knocked it on to Caitlin who made a brilliant run across her check. Caitlin's speed took her away from the centre back and she calmly slotted the ball to the far left corner for the go ahead goal. The games intensity and physicality really picked up but the Sting did a very good job of marking out the Renegades striker and kept her to the outside of the pitch. Score at the half Renegades 0 - Sting 1.

The second half saw the Renegades control the play as the Sting kept their shape but about ten minutes in a nice thru ball saw the Renegade player knocked down for a penalty shot. On top of this Evalyn took a knee to the chest and was knocked out of the match so Alyssa had to replace her. Coming in cold off the bench to face a penalty shot isnt ideal and the Renegades were able to slot home to tie things up. A few minutes later and the Renegades came close again as the hard low shot from Alyssa's left side saw her make a splendid diving save to push the ball wide and Brit was on the spot to clear it away. With penalty kicks looming to break the tie the Sting had one last chance to take the match. Kylie won a loose ball and a first class thru ball split the defenders and Caitlin was sent in again. The Renegades keeper charged out and flattened Caitlin at the edge of the eighteen and earned herself an automatic red card to boot on the dangerous play. This left a fairly tight free kick which Rav was able to clear the wall with but it just fizzed over the crossbar as the final whistle sounded and the teams were off to the dreaded penalty kicks.

The Renegades won the toss and elected to shoot first. The first shooter missed over the bar, then Rav stepped up and slotted the ball home. The second shooter then saw her effort saved by Alyssa, Brit then slammed her effort low to the keepers right. The third shooter scored but Lou saw her effort saved and at this point the Sting were sitting one up. The fourth shooter scored for the Renegades and Taylor made no mistake with her effort either. The fifth shooter also scored for the Renegades and it then fell to Sami to socre to secure the match and she also made the Renegades pay with her crisp shot and the Sting had won the match. Final score Renegades 1 - Sting 1 with the Sting winning the match 4 - 3 on penalties. The Sting will now be refocusing their efforts on their first MSL match of the season next Sunday against SFC Pegasus in what is usually a high spirited affair. Go Sting!! 

Wednesday, June 10
Sting Star is Born

The Sting's very own Sami has found herself signing autographs after her recent appearance in Nike's latest commercial featuring the USA Women's National team. She is featured throughout the commercial including an appearance on the team bus.

At first the coaches didnt recognize her on the bus as she was so quiet as the Sami we are used to on bus trips is not portrayed as shown............. Well done kid you looked awesome!!

To watch the video click on the above headline.

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.


Monday, August 10
Sting Chillin at the Beach

The Sting opened up the new season by heading down to Jericho Beach for the Umbro Beach Blast Tournament. With a bunch of the players away on vacation the team entered just the one team and also added Nicole from the U-18 DCS team as the players were entered in the U-18 bracket of the tournament. The first day of action saw the Sting play in two round robin matches as the top four teams in the group moved into the medal rounds. First up for the Sting were the Chilliwack Attack. It took awhile for both teams to get going in the game as they adjusted to playing on sand but the Sting were able to come away with the 1-0 win. The second game of the day had them against Fusion's Premier League team, the Thorns and the Sting were in a bit over their heads as they tried to contain this top flight team and came out of the contest losing 2-0. Day #2 of the tournament meant the Sting needed a tie or better in their last round robin match to carry on in the event. Their opponents were the Wolfpack from Vancouver FC in what could only be described as blood on the beach. A very large physical team and an inexperienced ref left for a very chippy contest but after going down 1-0 the Sting roared back with two quick goals and saw the game out for the 2-1 victory. The win though had the Sting back up against the Thorns team from the previous day. After going down 2-0 by half time things were not looking rosy for the players and it was looking like they would be heading to the Bronze medal match. As usual though never count these players out as they kept fighting thru the game to get their first goal from newcomer Caitlin and this got the momentum going. The Sting were to add two more goals before the final whistle on a massive game for the players as they walked away with the 3-2 win. The final saw the Sting against the Rebels from North Coquitlam and there was no way the Sting were going to be denied. After Rav was denied playing in the semi final due to a wadrobe malfunction, she had something to prove as both Rav and Meg notched goals in the second half to secure the 2-0 win and the championship. A most amazing two days of soccer and while Sami, Mac, Taylor, Rav, Meg, Kylie, Nicole, Caitlin & Evalyn will be wearing the ice packs for a few days to heal up they put in one hell of an effort and a very deserved champions. Go Sting!!

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Wednesday, June 10
Sting Working Out

The Sting were asked to participate in the 2015 Pacific Coaching Conference at the Fortius Centre in Burnaby last Sunday. The players were showing off their skills to assorted coaches from across North America who had gathered for the event. On hand for this were also numerous University & College coaches so it was great to see all eyes on the players.

The first session was led by Ron Smith, former Technical Director for the Australian National team. Ron led a session on "creating Good Habits in Players" In the attached picture Ron is seen here showing the players some drill she wants them to perform ahead of the session.

The second session was led by Dick Bate, current FIFA Technical Director and former Technical Director for England's U-17 to U-20 National program. The session he put on was "Developing Possession" and he challenged the players in some good drills. To have a coach of his standing and knowledge run the sesions was a pretty special treat for the players and as he told the coaches on hand he was most impressed with the Sting.

Christmas Caroling
Friday, December 19
Sting Paying it Forward

Family and friends have long known that the Sting players are a pretty special group of kids. So when the players decided to use their Secret Santa money on others instead of themselves this just reinforced this thought.

On top of using their funds to sponsor a local family thru Delta Assist they also hit the streets on December 16 to sing Christmas carols in the neighbourhood to raise more funds and gather food for what has turned out to be an overflowing hamper for the family.

Being a part of the Sting isnt just about playing high level soccer but also about seeing these young ladies participating in random acts of kindness like this and being a part of the community.

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.

Wednesday, November 13
Sting in Opening Ceremonies

Prior to their own match on November 24, the Sting will be walking the Canadian National Womens team onto the pitch for their friendly against Mexico at BC Place. Will be a great opportunity for the players to see some of their heros and maybe play some inspired soccer of their own in their league match that night. Go Sting!!

John Herdman
Wednesday, December 19
Sting Take the International Stage

The Sting were asked to participate in the launch of the 2015 Womens World Cup logo at BC Place on Dec 14. Unfortunately not all the players could make this due to other commitments but the ones that did were part of a pretty special event. Not only was the event televised around the world but the players got to hang out with the Womens National team after the event as well as with coach John Herdman. All in all a pretty special moment for the players and one that wont be forgotten soon. Go Sting!!

FIFA 2015 Logo Launch

Thursday, March 12
Most Inspirational Player Award 2014/15

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 Ravneet.

Rav 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 Rav!!

Tuesday, March 11
Most Inspirational Player Award 2013/14

Last night 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 Allie.

Allie is the teams first repeat winner of this award having been honoured by the players last season. Allie 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 Allie!!

Monday, March 4
Most Inspirational Player Award 2012/13
Last night 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 Allie. Allie was chosen by her team mates for her hardwork and dedication both on and off the field and for leading by example. Congratulations Allie!!

Tuesday, March 13
Most Inspirational Player Award 2011/12
Last night 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 Hailey. Hailey was chosen by her team mates for her hardwork and dedication both on and off the field and for leading by example. Congratulations Hailey!!

Tuesday, March 15
Most Inspirational Player Award 2010/11
Last night 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 Meghan. Meghan was chosen by her team mates for her hardwork and dedication both on and off the field and for leading by example. Congratulations Meg!!

Tuesday, March 9
Most Inspirational Player Award 2009/10
Each year SurDel Soccer Club awards the Most Inspirational Player to a member of each soccer team in the U-11 to U-18 catagory. The award honours the player who inspires and encourages others on the team to do their best both on and off the field. This award is voted on by the players of each team only and as such is an important peer award. The winner this year is Brittany Costa and she will be collecting her award at the clubs Annual General Meeting on March 23 @ 7:00pm. We encourage all the Sting players and fans to come out for this event. Go Sting!!!

Sunday, July 14
USA Cup Day #1

Day #1 of the Sting's USA Cup experience was their travel day. Charter bus from Delta to Seattle, flight from Seattle to Minneapolis and charter bus to the hotel. With a 6:30am start the team and parents were glad to finally crash into their rooms. Flights and travel went well except for Sami's singing impersonation of Miley Cyrus, any chance of some early sleep was shot there.

The team is now settling in at the hotel and they have another team from Canada staying here as well. A U-13 girls team from Ottawa are here for their first experience of the USA Cup so they will be cheering each other on. Tomorrow has the team heading out to Mall of America for some team bonding ie shopping and then back to the hotel for a team dinner. Meanwhile the coaches will be getting all the tournament paperwork sorted out at the venue. They are calling for the temperatures to go over 100F with the humidity by mid week so the team will be in tough, particularly on Wednesday as they have a double header.

All in all everything went well as players and parents all got here in one piece with all their luggage. Players are having fun in the hotel and the parents are enjoying a few cold beverages. Stay tuned for tomorrow's update. Go Sting!!

Monday, July 15
USA Cup Day #2

Day #2 of the Sting's USA Cup trip had the team with some downtime to get used to their surroundings and how better to do that than a trip to the Mall of America. Shopping, team lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp and some time at the roller coaster and indoor amusement park added up to a pretty full day. It wasn't all play today though as the temperatures were pushing 100F so a pre dinner jog along the beautiful Mississippi River was needed to get the players used to the weather for tomorrow's opening game. It was a tough slog as the humidity and heat will be key factors this week and to top things off Riley rolled her ankle on the run. It doesn't look good for her to play tomorrow as it is fairly swollen but hopefully an extra day off will see her back in action.

A fantastic pool side dinner and team swim followed and just before curfew the players had their team meeting to review a pretty hectic schedule tomorrow as the games get underway. The Sting are taking on the host city of Blaine so curfew is in effect for the rest of the week as the Sting have early kickoffs all week. Curfew check saw most players already down for the evening but tomorrow's bed check will start off with Evalyn and Rav's room, you know why girls.....LOL.

All in all another good day but the team gets down to business tomorrow with their first game of the tournament. Go Sting!!

Monday, April 16
Sting Ironman Streaks Ends
A record for the Sting came to an end on Sunday at the Sting's Coastal Cup quarter final match. With Jamie off in Quebec with her school her 137 straight games played record ended for the Sting. This record dates back to the very first U-10 Development match the Sting played over four years ago. Hats off to Jamie for playing thru some sickness, bangs and bruises over the years.

Tuesday, July 24
Sting to be Recognized by Delta Mayor

The SurDel Sting, fresh off their Provincial championship victory, are to be honoured by Delta Mayor and Council at the July 30 council meeting at Delta City Hall. The players are to be recognized for their outstanding achievement in sports and bringing a championship back home. Go Sting!!

Saturday, May 18
USA Cup Links
On our links tab you will find some useful info for a variety of information for the Sting's upcoming trip to Minnesota. Go Sting!!

Saturday, July 10
USA Cup Kick TV

With the Sting starting to get ready for their trip to the USA Cup we always get the question what is this tournament all about?

It is an amazing life experience as the players will be at the largest soccer facility in the world, meet players from over twenty countries, be around 12,000 other soccer players at one venue, have a ton of fun and see some very competitive soccer. For those parents, family and fans that cant get down there to cheer on the Sting, Kick TV posts a daily video blog to the USA Cup website, yes the tournament is so big it even has its own television show. If you go to the Links tab on the left you can see some of the action and you may even see the Sting make an appearance. Go Sting!!!