Delta Coastal Sting: My Site News

Monday, September 15
Sting Hit the Road Against Renegades

The Sting's second league match of the young season had them on the road against one of the top teams in the league and old rivals, North Shore Renegades. A strange schedule twist saw this exact same scenario last season and it was a late penalty kick from Sami that saw the Sting share in the spoils. The Sting's bench got a little better for this one as Evalyn was cleared to return and although not ready to play in net it was great to see her on the pitch for some limited minutes. Keeper duties saw Riley stepping up an doing an admirable job in the short term and Emily was called up to provide some depth to the team. The game itself proved to be an entertaining one even if the players struggled with an unusally hot September day. The Sting had a solid game plan and knew what to expect of the opposition so an expected battle in midfield ensued with Georgia in particular having a tremendous half of soccer as she out battled the Renegades in almost every tackle. The games first good chance fell to Rav as a splendid thru ball from Sami saw Rav and the keeper collide with the keeper taking the worst of it and having to be withdrawn. Twenty minutes in and a rare defensive mistake saw the Sting not shut down the shot as the hard low effort eluded Riley. From here though the Sting just started to get better and better thru the match. Lou did a great job of skipping past her mark down the left wing and feeding Allie. Allie nice turn and shot from eighteen yards out was at the keeper but stung her hands. Just before the break and Allie had another go  as this time Sami, who had a magnificent game at left back, carried up the pitch and laid off to Allie who let fly from twenty yards out but again the shot was right at the keeper. Score at the half Renegades 1 - Sting 0.

The second half saw the Sting really limit any chances by the Renegades as the defence stood tall and communicated well to cover for each other. Meg got things moving as her carry from centre thru the Renegades back line saw her shot take a cruel deflection off the defender and right into the keepers hands. The Sting were then awarded a free kick that saw Syd's cross just elude an outstretched Meg for the redirect. The Renegades long ball tactic nearly caught the Sting out but Rav used her speed and body to force the striker wide as Riley collected the loose ball. The Sting worked too hard in this match not to come away with something and ten minutes from time they got their reward. Lou's first class corner kick to the near post was headed away outside the box to McKenna. Mac nodded the ball over to Sami at the top of the box and a beautiful side footed volley went top corner past the keeper to even the match. From there on in the Sting kept pushing for the go ahead goal but it wasnt to be. Final score North Shore Renegades 1 - Sting 1. The Sting now head back to Elsom next Sunday to host the West Vancouver Rangers. Go Sting!!

Monday, September 8
Sting Open up the 2014/15 Season

The schedule gods were not overly kind to the Sting as their home opener had them against new Provincial champs, SFC Pegasus. These two teams battled to a 0 - 0 tie just last week at the West Coast Cup and their long standing rivalry all added up to another tough battle. Added to the Sting's challenge was a short bench as Haley and Shayla were called up and Riley came up lame part way thru the first half. That said the Sting did what they had to do to give themselves a chance in the match. Once again the Sting's approach was some patient play and as such Pegasus carried the majority of the possession. The Sting did well to keep the majority of the attack to the outside of the pitch but Pegasus were able to notch the first goal about fifteen minutes in off a nice run and shot. The Sting did have their chances though in the match as it was not a one sided affair. Haley's fine corner kick saw the SFC defence scramble to clear the ball away, Sami had an ambitious effort from 30 yards gathered by the keeper and Allie's cross just eluded Riley from prodding the ball home. Some more good news was the insertion of Ally into the match after a long spell of recovery. Some limited time on the field in the striker role saw her pressure well in this position. The Sting's best chance of the half fell to Riley. Georgia and Allie got into some nice build up passing with the ball coming over to Riley at the top of the box. A very hard left footed shot though took just a little too long to get off her foot and it was well blocked. Score at the half Pegasus 1 - Sting 0.

The second half opened with a tough one as a breakdown on the Sting's defence down the right side saw the low hard cross redirected in past a helpless Shayla. Once again though there is no quit in these kids as they kept trying to find a way to break through the SFC backline. Some hardwork by Allie and Kylie had the Sting with consecutive corners. On the first the ball went near post and was blocked out by the SFC defender. The second was a short corner that was well worked between Allie and Sami but once again the shot was a little slow coming off Sami's foot and was blocked. The third had Allie's superb cross just come off the top of the crossbar and out. At the other Shay was forced into a fine fingertip save around the post from a hard shot from range. Then the Sting had some more bad luck. A tremendous cross from Sami off the left touchline picked out Haley at the top of the six. A spectacular half volley was blocked by the keeper, off the inside of the post, rolled along the goal line and spun out the other side. A shot you couldnt replicate if you tried and Pegasus dodged another bullet. The bad luck continued as the ball moved down the field and crossed into the eighteen where it took a cruel redirect off Mac and past the keeper a few minutes from time. The Sting will take some positives out of the match and look to build off of these as well as some tweaking to tighten things up. Final score SFC Pegasus 3 - Sting 0. The Sting now head on the road for their first away match against an equally strong North Shore squad. Go Sting!!

Tuesday, September 2
Sting Play Like Champs

The Sting found themselves in the Championship match of the West Coast Cup against old foes, SFC Pegasus. The last time these two teams were in a final together was three short months ago as they were battling in the Coastal Cup. The Sting players did a masterful job in the match of containing and limiting Pegasus and the feat was even more tremendous as the Sting had no subs against their oppositions full squad. The game was devoid of a ton of highlights as Pegasus had more of the possession but the Sting needed to play a paitient type of match. Rav, Taylor, Sami and Mac put in a ton of work in defence and did well to limit opportunities. Mac in particular was playing with a sore foot after being cleated in the earlier game and was clattered to the ground on several occasions. The games best chance for a goal came in the first half as Allie did well to win a foul outside the box. Kylie's booming shot clipped the top of the crossbar and went out as the half came to an end. Score at the half Pegasus 0 - Sting 0.

The second half played out much like the first and with Pegasus pushing hard for a goal the Sting's midfielders of Brit, Meg, Haley and Lou really had to step up their game and play a strong positional match. Up top Kylie and Allie were ensuring the ball movement was side to side and pressured when Pegasus made a mistake. Again the best chance of the half fell to Kylie's free kick but this one lacked punch and the keeper was able to collect. At the other end Shay did a great job of cutting out the high crosses and did a great job on a sliding take and got a boot to the head for her trouble but she shook it off. So the final whistle sounded and with no penalty kicks in this contest the teams were declared co-champions. Final score SFC Pegasus 0 - Sting 0. MVP, as selected by the opposing coach, was Shay. The Sting will now get ready for the opening match of the 2014/15 MSL season and they will open at home against who else but SFC Pegasus. Go Sting!!

Tuesday, September 2
Sting Hand Hosts a Defeat

The Sting were back in action after a day off at the West Coast Cup against the host club West Coast FC. The Sting were looking to put in a better showing than Day #1 and they started brightly thru some hardwork and determination. Allie got things rolling as her nice lofted pass from centre found Kylie outside the box and a wall pass sprung Meg free into the eighteen but the hard low shot found the side netting. Kylie then used her strength to move her check off the ball and lay the ball back for Allie. Allie's booming shot from twenty yards out stung the keepers hands but stayed out. The Sting kept the pressure up in the attacking third and were rewarded for their efforts. Lou, who was showing no signs of jet lag from her return from Europe last night, beat her check outside the box and slotted a channel pass for Brit. Brit, the scoring machine, made no mistake as she slammed the ball home just under the cross bar and the Sting had the lead. A few minutes later and the Sting went close again as Riley did a fantastic job of winning the loose ball with her body  and back passed to Kylie at the edge of the box but the shot sailed over the bar. The Sting's stellar defence was up for this day but a rare first half foray by West Coast saw Shay pick out the cross from her left side. A solid half of soccer came to a close with the score West Coast 0 - Sting 1.

The second half saw the Sting's limited bench start well but game fitness faded at the back end of the game as West Coast searched for an equalizer. That said the Sting again started the half the brighter of the two teams. Meg, Brit and Haley got into some real nice give an go passes with the ball eventually falling to Kylie at the top of the box. A cheeky chip shot tried to catch the keeper off her line but she scrambled back to cover. Shortly after that the Sting came close as once again, Riley did well to win the loose ball and feed Kylie on the break. A nice inside out turn and cross from Kylie found Haley at the far side of the box but her shot was rifled over the bar. The Sting's last good chance of the match had Kylie being played thru on a breakaway but she scuffed her shot wide of the post. From their on in it was the Sting who had to absorb some pressure as West Coast was looking to find an equalizer but the Sting kept everything to the outside and really limited their opposition in any quality chances. The final whistle sounded and the Sting found themselves off to the championship match. Final score West Coast FC 0 - Sting 1. Game MVP, as selected by the opposing coach, was Rav. The Sting will now head to the final to play old foe SFC Pegasus. Go Sting!!

Sunday, August 31
Sting's Shorthanded Success

The Sting's second match of the West Coast Cup saw them against a shorthanded and older SurDel United squad. This would prove to be an odd match as both teams were playing shorthanded so fitness would come into play. On this day though the Sting's keeper would not face a shot as United were forced to really bottle up the centre of the pitch so it would prove an interesting challenge for the Sting to break them down. The first chance of the day fell to Mac as her twenty five yard effort, after being set up from Allie and Taylor, was right at the keeper. Meg then stripped the ball off her check and ran at the defence skipping by two of them before the keeper came out on a sliding take. A few minutes later and the Sting went close again as Meg picked out Hailey's fine run and slotted a nice channel pass for her but the shot fizzed by the far post. The Sting then nearly had a beauty off a set piece as Kylie's low hard corner saw Brit bravely get position to get a head to it but the header whistled just over the bar. Brit wasnt to be denied with her head though just before the break. Meg did a great job of switching the play and played a ball to the right side corner flag for Allie. Allie's looping cross eluded the keeper but not Brit as she snuck in behind her to nod the ball in for the go ahead goal. Score at the half United 0 - Sting 1.

The second half saw the Sting looking to add to its goal total. A few minutes in and Hailey skipped past her mark down the left touchlines, cut the ball back into the middle and let fly with a nice left footed shot that found the side netting. Meg then carried the ball up the middle and put a perfect thru ball to Rav coming off the right wing but the hard low shot just curled past the far post. Fifteen minutes in and Taylor and Rav got into some nice build up passing with Rav picking out Allie at the top of the box. A splendid shot was met with an equally great diving save to keep United in the match. The Sting were not going to leave this match with just one goal though. Brit did well to use her body to seperate her check from the ball and carry up the middle and send a nice thru ball for Allie. Allie made no mistake this time as the shot from just inside the box went to the bottom corner of the net. The final whistle sounded with the score SurDel United 0 - Sting 2. Game MVP, as selected by the opposing coach, was Meg. The Sting will finish of their final two games of the tournament on Monday and will use Sunday to heal up. Go Sting!!

Sunday, August 31
Sting Kickoff at West Coast Cup

The Sting's final preparation for the 2014/15 season saw them out in Pitt Meadows at the West Coast Cup for a set of four matches. First match of the day had them against their cross town rivals and new Provincial Champion, SFC Pegasus. The Sting had the daunted task of not only playing a very strong team with a short bench due to injury and abscence but also with two different formations the coaches put to them in each half. The Sting really want to use these matches to find some combinations and challenge the players. That said Pegasus really took the game to the Sting in the first half as they were on their backheels for most of the contest. The Sting's defence of Taylor, Sami, Rav, Mac and Brit really had to be on their toes and did a good job of forcing the play to the outside. The Sting's best foray into the opposition end came off a fine run down the left touchlne by Hailey but her cross into the box sailed by the back post. Pegasus were able to notch two goals within a few minutes of each other twenty minutes in and the score at the half was Pegasus 2 - Sting 0.

The Sting opened the second half a little brighter as Georgia and Riley got into a nice give and go springing Kylie loose but the hard low shot was right at the keeper. In the Sting's end SFC were able to notch another off a scramble when the Sting did not clear. Shortly after that Shayla, who was filling in for an injured Evalyn, made a great stop up high on a shot that stung her hands but she held on. The Sting dont lie down though and some sustained pressure in the attacking third saw them rewarded with a corner. Sami put a first class cross thru the box but nobody was there to nod it in. So with time winding down SFC notched one more just before the whistle. Final score SFC Pegasus 4 - Sting 0. Game MVP, as selected by the opposing coach, was Allie. The Sting now get a small break before game two on the day against an older U-17 Gold team. 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

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!!!