Delta Coastal Sting: My Site News

Thursday, November 17
Sting Stopped in Last Minute

The Sting were back on the road for their last MSL match before an extended break. The Sting have an upcoming bye and then are off to Seattle for the Collegiate Showcase Tournament so their MSL opponents on the day, the North Shore Renegades, would be their last until early December. Entering Windsor turf the Sting have not had a ton of luck on this pitch as last years heartbreaking overtime loss in Coastal Cup play in the last two minutes was a tough pill to swallow. This game however was also to have some last second dramatics. As expected the game turned out to be a hard fought contest with the Sting having the bulk of the chances and the Renegades having a slight edge in possession. The Sting came out flying in this one as a ton of energy was expelled in the first twenty minutes and numerous chances came the Sting's way thru their hardwork. A well earned corner started things off as Brit's looping cross to the back post just eluded a high jumping Georgia. Minutes later and another Sting corner from Brit, this time had Sami connecting but the headed effort fizzed over the bar. The Sting then built off the last few weeks open play success as Georgia collected the loose ball and fed a brilliant pass in for Lauren to get around her mark. Lauren did a great job of runing at the defender before slipping the ball across the eighteen for Brit. A nice one touch and shot tested the keeper but stayed out. The work the Sting was putting in was paying off in spades as another Sting corner came close. This time it was Haley who was the provider as her cross had some zip on the ball and with Sami and Georgia both climbing for the header it was Georgia who connected only to see it skim the crossbar. The balance of the half saw the Renegades start to get their foot on the ball but the Sting's stout defence stood tall and Simran wasnt really tested in the first half. Score at the half Renegades 0 - Sting 0.

The Sting opened up the second half with a good effort on net ten minutes in as some strong build up passing between Caitlin and Georgia saw Brit loose in the eighteen but the effort spun wide of the post. You could sense a goal though and it came twenty minutes in for the Sting. Kylie's long free kick from just inside the Sting side of half came to Georgia at the top of the eighteen. Georgia outclimbed her check to nod the ball wide to Myer to the keepers left. A nice touch on the ball forced the keeper to rush out to cut down the angle but a brilliant outside of the boot shot by Myer saw the ball curl around the keeper and into the far bottom corner. A well executed goal from a set piece. The balance of the match played out with a strong battle in the middle of the pitch and with just ninety seconds on the clock disaster fell. A long ball played to the top of the eighteen saw some miscommunication between defense and keeper as the ball bounced and was flick headed over everyone and into the empty net. A tough goal to give up considering the game was there for the taking. Final score North Shore Renegades 1 - Sting 1. The Sting can take some solace knowing that the loss didnt cost them in the standings, due to other results as they are still sitting in second but they will also want to tighten things up and not drop any more valuable points as they are into the middle third of the schedule. The Sting will return to league action on Dec 4 as they will be on the road against Guildford and hope to pick up with the solid soccer they have been playing of late. Go Sting!!

Thursday, November 10
Sting Shutdown Extreme

After last weekends heartbreaker in West Van the Sting were finally back at the friendly confines of Elsom for a home match against the Coquitlam MF Extreme. The Sting were looking to see if they could build off last weekends three goal performance and on the day were very good value for money. The Extreme are a very defensive minded team so the Sting knew a battle of field position was going to ensue and they werent disappointed. With Meg still out with injury and Sami away it meant that both Brit and Georgia were pressed into being attacking options and they didnt disappoint. After fifteen minutes and some very good ball control the Sting were awarded a free kick from forty yards out. Syd stepped up and dropped a cross just inside the eighteen. The Extreme keeper came rushing out but it was Georgia who was on the spot to get there first with a solid first touch to round the keeper and slot the ball into the empty net. Brit was next up as her corner spun out to Kylie outside the eighteen but the shot curled wide of the far post. The game wasnt without its edge either as Rav was judged to have been a little to physical and saw yellow from the ref. The Sting's defence on the day of Kylie, Taylor, Syd, Rav, Mac and Kass did a splendid job of turning away any real threats and Simran was always there to mop up any issues. The Sting's pressure resulted in yet another free kick from about twenty five yards out. This time it was Taylor who stepped up and let fly with a shot that was destined to go in just under the crossbar but the Extreme keeper did a great job of getting her fingertips on the ball to put it over for a corner. The Sting didnt let up though as off the resulting corner kick Haley whipped the cross into a dangerous area and it was Georgia who was on the spot to head the ball into the top far corner for her second of the half. Just before the half the Extreme were awarded a free kick just outside the eighteen and in a very dangerous spot. Simran did a great job of setting her wall up in the right spot but was still forced into a fine low save to keep the clean scoresheet. The whistle sounded on the half with the score Extreme 0 - Sting 2.

The coaches were not to happy with the effort put in the first half, even with the lead and challenged the players to raise their game and they answered the call.  A lot of solid passing and movement off the ball kept the Coquitlam team on their backheels for the balance of the match and a goal twenty minutes in sealed the deal. Off another tremendous corner, this time from Taylor, Georgia was once again able to outjump the defenders and head the ball into the net. The hat trick hero had to pay the price though as a bloody nose on the play took her out of the match but the damage was done. The next best chance came fifteen minutes from time as Brit placed a first class channel pass in for Lauren to run onto. Lauren, who was a beast in the entire match, beat her check with her pace and deserved a goal but the shot was just turned wide of the near post. The game rounded out with Allison working hard but the late tackle saw her in the refs book with a yellow. An all around strong effort but the Sting know they will need to bring more for next weekends match as they head back on the road against the ever strong North Shore Renegades. Final score in this match Coquitlam MF Extreme 0 - Sting 3. Go Sting!!

Wednesday, November 2
Sting in Seven Goal Thriller

The Sting were looking to bounce back from last weeks tough loss but their opponents this weekend were the the always difficult West Vancouver Rangers. The Sting and West Van were in a second place tie in league standings heading into the contest and the winner would have a bit of an edge moving forward. The Sting came ready to play and were just dominant for the the first thirty minutes as they could have had a fistful of goals. Myer got the chances rolling for the Sting as she did a great job of beating her check down the right wing and placing a brilliant pass thru for Caitlin to run onto. Caitlin did the smart thing of getting into her the checks running lane and creating a one on one opportunity with the keeper who was rushing out to cut down the angle. A nice shot was off the toe of the keeper and just spun wide of the post for a corner however. From that corner Taylor stepped up and whipped a ball to the back post that was just out of the reach of Myer but it wasnt the last time the Sting were going to be a threat. The Sting were awarded a free kick thirty yards out to the keepers left and once again Taylor delivered a delicious cross into the eighteen which fell to Lauren. Lauren was able to shield off her mark and lay the ball off to Brit who made no mistake as she smashed her shot to the top corner and the Sting were in the lead. Ten minutes later and some more ball pressure led to another free kick and this time it was Syd who was the provider as her long range effort to the far side of the eighteen fell to Brit. This time it was Brit showing her stength on the ball as she had a defender draped all over her but still managed a hard cross along the six yard box where Lauren made a heads up run to redirect the ball past the sprawling keeper. The Sting's defence was not idle either as West Van tried to break down the backfield but they held strong and off a run by Sami came close to securing a third goal. Sami moved the ball down the pitch and cut the ball back to her right foot and crossed to the top of the eighteen. Another very strong heads up play by Lauren saw her try to catch the keepr out with the one time volley but the Rangers keeper did well to take the ball up high. As with anything sports related momentum is a killer and with everything going the Sting's way somehow the Rangers climbed back into the game. A mistimed pass in the Sting's backfied saw the Rangers striker pounce on the loose ball and fire a wonderful strike that left Simran no chance up high. A few minutes later and the Rangers netted the equalizer as a free kick was whipped into the box and headed over Simran and into the far corner. Hats off to the Sting though as they pushed right back to try and turn the tide and just before the break they should have had another. Caitlin skipped by her mark down the right side of the pitch and put a high floater up in the eighteen. Georgia did an outstanding job of getting positioning, timing of her jump and power on her header and with everyone beat the only thing that stopped the ball was the post. A very strong first half for the Sting as it ended with the score Rangers 2 - Sting 2.

The Sting opened up the second half much like the started the first as another dominating effort saw them score on their first chance on net. Haley's first class corner kick to the near post had both Syd and Georgia getting to the ball first but Georgia got the honours as she nodded the ball past the keeper for the lead. Shortly after that Lauren and Brit teamed up once more on another splendid chance as a nice channel pass from Lauren sprung Brit free into the eighteen but the effort just skimmed over the crossbar. A Sting free kick from twenty five yards out came Brit's way but her booming effort just sailed over the bar. Once again a run against play goal saw Simran diving to collect a redirected ball but she couldnt hang onto it and the Rangers play was on the spot to tap home the loose ball. The Sting were forced to absorb a fair bit of pressure as the game wore on but another good chance to grab the lead fell to Syd as her twenty five yard free kick had the keeper beat to the far corner but the ball didnt cooperate as it again zipped over the crossbar. Cruel fate was in store for the Sting today as five minutes from time the Sting didnt clear the ball well from a cross and were muscled off the ball as the shot from inside the six was alwyas going in. Some hardwork for the last few minutes saw the players doing their best to get a deserved point but it was not to be as the final whistle sounded. Final score West Vancouver Rangers 4 - Sting 3. The Sting were fully deserving of the full three points on the day so not to come out of this match with anything is a tough pill to swallow. However this is a very resilient group of young ladies and they will have to regroup for a tough defensive team next week as they return for a long awaited home match taking on Coquitlam. 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. 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

Wednesday, March 9
Most Inspirational Player Award 2015/16

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 Britney.

Britney 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 Brit!!

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!!!