Delta Coastal Sting: My Site News

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!!

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.


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.

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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.

Monday, May 4
Sting Fall to Storm In Cup Final

A beautiful day welcomed players and fans to Aldergrove for the 2015 Coastal A Cup final against the Port Moody Storm. With this team headed to the Premier League in the Fall the Sting knew they were going to have their hands full against a very strong side. With both teams also qualifying for the 2015 Provincial Championships in July they knew this would not be the last time they would face each other either.

The first half opened with the Sting having to absorb a ton of pressure as the Storm threw everything they had at them and the bulk of the opening forty minutes was played in the middle and defensive third of the pitch. So not surprising that the Sting found themselves down 2 - 0 inside the first twenty minutes off some finely worked build up plays. In fairness the Sting did start to tighten things up defensively to bring the half to a close but not before Noor was pressed into an outstanding diving take off a break down her right side. Score at the half Storm 2 - Sting 0.

As has been their form of late the Sting started the second half much more brightly than the first. Brit got things going as her carry and cut in off the keepers left side saw the resulting shot well saved up high. Georgia then got into a great position to shoot after she stripped the ball of her mark and let fly from twenty yards out but the shot, while stinging the keepers hands, stayed out. Laura was then sent thru and with the keeper coming out, Laura didnt give up on the play as the two players collided but the keeper was able to hang on. Twenty minutes in and the Sting were needing to take some more chances to get their goal and they were caught out as a long looper just evaded Noor up high. As per usual though there is no quit in the team and they spoiled the Storm's clean sheet as Meg's over the top thru ball saw Ally barreling down on the keeper and she was able to slot the ball home into the far corner. An unfortunate goal in stoppage time added salt to the wounds by the Storm as the match came to a close. Final score Port Moody Storm 4 - Sting 1.

So for the second season in a row the Sting took home the Silver medal from this event as a very successful season came to a close. The players have put in a tremendous effort this year as not many had predicted them heading to their third Coastal Cup appearance in four years. The players are going to take some well deserved time off before they get back to the pitch in June to start preparing for their Provincial Championship run. With Port Moody as League Champion and the other two opponents being the Interior and Island Champions the Sting will have their work cut out for them but if any team can put in a great performance it is this fine bunch of young players. Go Sting!!

Sunday, April 26
Sting Take on Island Champions in Coastal Cup Semi Final

After last weekends impressive Coastal Cup Quarter Final match against SGU the Sting continued their quest for the cup in the Semi Final contest against UVI Riptide. The Riptide squad, having already been declared as the Island Champions, have already qualified for the Provincial Championships in July and were going to prove to be very stiff opposition. Whether it was the six hours of ferry/bus rides and waiting to get started the Sting opened up the match trying to get their legs going as the Riptide team had them on their backheels to start. Some good movement and penetrating runs saw the Sting defence needing to be sharp and an adjustment by them stemmed the tide a bit but not before Noor was pressed into a fine diving save to her left. The Sting started to find their way back into the game at the ten minute mark when Meg stripped the ball off her mark, carried across the width of the pitch and then fed a thru ball for Haley. A nice one touch and shot from just inside the eighteen saw the ball heading into the top corner before a spectacular fingertip save by the Riptide keeper pushed it over the bar. At the other end of the pitch the Riptide striker got loose and fired a low hard shot that Noor was able to dive and tip around the post. Some good presure in the attacking third saw the Sting awarded three corners in a row and while Haley dropped each of them into the six yard box the defenders were able to scramble them out. The last good chance of the half fell to Syd as Allie and Ally got into some nice build up play with the layoff pass falling to Syd but the shot curled wide of the far post. The whistle came down on a very entertaining first half. Score at the break Riptide 0 - Sting 0.

 With about six of the players coming off sickness or injury plus the long trip and against stiff opposition the team might have hung their heads a bit but of course that is not how the Sting roll. The team and the players have faced adversity all season long and whatever role the players play on the team they are committed to playing for each other. So other than a formation change at the break the coaches didnt have to say too much as the players were the ones pushing each other. Georgia got things going with a nice thru ball for Kylie and even though she was being shielded off the ball she used her strength to get the shot off where it was gathered by the keeper. Meg then moved the ball past a couple of players before slotting the ball thru for Ally where she used her speed to beat her mark but the keeper did well on the sliding take. The Sting then had to defend with some resolve as three free kicks in a row just outside the box test the wall. The wall did its job well though as one shot was blasted into it and two others were sent high and wide. Again this defensive core group of Kass, Rav, Sami, Taylor, Mac, Syd and Brit all had an amazing afternoon of soccer as the communication and coverage was first class. At the other end of the pitch Syd came close as a long throw in by Kylie found her inside the eighteen but the resulting shot found the side netting. However on a similar play, twenty minutes into the second half, the Sting took the lead. Haley's long throw found Kylie just outside the six yard box, a nice turn and shot saw the ball go into the roof of then net and over the sprawling keeper. The Sting had to be on their toes though as the long ball was attempted on numerous times to spring the Riptide's speedy striker and while Brit and Rav closed her down she did shake free on one. A mini break away looked like major trouble for the Sting but Noor, who had a tremendous match, once again came for the sliding take and the striker came out the worse for wear on the collision. The last good chance of the half fell to Meg, who also had a massive game, as she carried across the pitch and let fly with a shot from twenty yards out that stung the keepers hands but stayed out. Ally who ran miles down the left touchline and was a major pest for the Riptide defence all day long had a chat with the ref but stayed out of the book after taking exception to some shirt pulling. The last few minutes of the game saw Allie, Georgia and Meg do a tremendous job of killing the ball in the Riptide corner as the final whistle sounded. Final score UVI Riptide 0 - Sting 1.

The Sting are now off to the Coastal Cup "A" Final for the third time in four years. No other team in their age has done this so it is a tremendous accomplishment and hats off to the players who have all dedicated themselvses, pushed each other and had a lot of fun along the way. On top of this the team has also earned one of the four berths in the U-16 Provincial Championships which will be held July 9 - 12 in South Surrey. First thing first though as the Sting will be heading to Aldergrove next weekend to play the Port Moody Storm in the Coastal Cup final. Go Sting!!

Monday, April 20
Sting Kickoff the 2015 Coastal Cup

After the Sting's successful 2014/15 season they found themsleves as the number three seed in the U-16 Coastal A Cup. The League Champions, Port Moody Storm and the Island Champions UVI Riptide, were the top seeds respectively and the seeded teams had a bye to start Cup play at the Quarter Final stage.

So the Sting's opponent in their Quarter Final match was a team which has caused them grief over the years, Surrey Guildford United (SGU). While this was the first time these two teams have ever played each other in the Coastal Cup, they did split the spoils during the season with both teams notching home wins against each other. So the mood was set, the sun was shining and the Sting were raring to get some soccer going. Ally was the first to test the SGU keeper as she pounced on a loose ball, carried into the eighteen and let fly with a shot that curled wide of the near post but it set the tone of things to come. Both teams were battling thru the middle third of the park as neither was looking to give anything up as the game became a little clogged up with multiple forced turnovers. So it was ten minutes in off a set piece that the Sting got the game first goal. Haley's brilliant corner was whipped in with some pace and was met with an outstanding header as Sami outclimbed her mark and headed back across goal and into the far corner for the go ahead goal. One of the Sting's top five goals of the season. A few minutes later and Haley turned play maker again as this time she fed Meg the ball and after beating her check to the keepers right the hard low shot was well gathered for the save. At the other end of the pitch what can we say about this Sting defense. With Noor standing tall in goal Rav, Sami, Taylor, Mac, Syd and Brit did a tremendous job of covering ground and keeping a solid shape. Brit in particular had man marking responsibilities and covered acres of ground on the day. Back at the SGU end of the pitch Meg held the ball well and allowed Georgia to get into a shooting lane but the twenty yard effort stung the keepers hands and stayed out. Inside the last ten minutes of the half the Sting got caught ball watching a bit and it cost them as a quick turn and shot allowed Noor no chance and the game was all tied up. Score at the half SGU 1 - Sting 1.

At the halftime break the Sting made some adjustments to the SGU formation and were looking to come out with a little more determination and did they ever. The game got a little more physical as the Sting upped the tempo of play and really took the game to their opponents. In short order the Sting had another goal and again it was off a first class set piece. Haley's looping corner dropped right onto the goal line and Georgia used her strength on the ball to chest it over the line and the Sting had the lead for the second time. SGU tried to answer back off a corner of their own but Noor was on the spot to pounce on the loose ball. The Sting came right back down the field and got the all important insuarnce goal. A deep throw in had Sami find Riley who in turn whipped in a bouncing cross in which fell to Taylor on the half volley and with the keeper dropping down to block the shot it went over her head and in the top of the net. Syd then nearly had a goal of her own off Mac's nice throw in but her flick shot was caught up high by the keeper. The Sting were coming in waves now as the chances piled up. Syd laid a brilliant cross field pass for Haley who carried and let fly with a booming effort only for an even finer diving save by the SGU keeper. Ally then stripped the ball off her mark and volleyed a shot over the bar from outside the eighteen. Riley had a goal disallowed as Allie had been judged to have impeded the keeper. Finally Meg had the last chance on goal as some good build up play between Mac and Laura sprung her free but the effort was collected by the keeper. The final whistle sounded on a very convincing win by the Sting. Final score SGU 1 - Sting 3.

The Sting will now head across to Vancouver Island next weekend to take on the Island Champions, UVI Riptide. While the Sting will be the underdogs the players will be looking to see if they can continue a good run of form. Go 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!!!