Delta Coastal Sting: My Site News

Monday, January 19
Sting Open Homestand With a Victory

With the end of the league season in sight the Sting opened up their first home game of 2015 against Vancouver FC. With four of the Sting's final five matches at home the players were eager to get off to a good start and they showed it with a dominating opening spell. Brit started things off for the Sting as her carry down the left touchline saw her cut into the eighteen and feed the ball over to Georgia at the edge of the box. Georgia took a neat flick on the ball and laid it back for Syd who let fly but it was at the keeper and stung her hands. With the wind being a bit of a factor in the first half the play was all in the Vancouver end as the Sting put some good pressure in the attacking third of the field and this paid off fifteen minutes in. Sami's throw down the left touchline picked out Lou and after creating some room for herself the looping cross went over the Vancouver keeper to the back post. Ally nipped in ahead of her mark and sidefooted it out of the air and into the net for the lead. All this did was to intesify the vistors who, much to their credit, pushed back hard for an equalizer. Noor however was more than up to this test as her calmness and bravery kept the vistors at bay. First she had to weave thru traffic to come out to snatch the ball off the Vancouver strikers head. A few minutes later she did a great job in cutting down the angle as the ball came off the post and Sami was on the spot to clear it away. At the other end of the pitch Kylie dragged her twenty five yard effort wide of the post after working hard to create the opportunity. Lou was also able to get another left footed cross into the box but Allie's redirect was neatly picked out by the Vancouver keeper. Just before the break and Vancouver had a mini break which saw Noor slide out to take it off the strikers foot and was rewarded with a boot to the head for her efforts. So not the most tight defensive effort by the Sting this season as the half ended but the players were up at the break. Score at the half Vancouver FC 0 - Sting 1.

The second half saw the Sting tighten things up in the defensive third as they also looked for ways to breakdown their opponents defense. The second half though was devoid of any real opportunities by either team although there were a few flashes. Ally did a fantastic job down the right touchline to beat her mark and cross into the box but with Allie running in the keeper did a splendid job of taking the ball out of the air. Vancouver then were awarded an indirect free kick at the edge of the box from an errant high kick but the Sting's wall did a great job and forced the shot high over the bar. At the other the Sting had a free kick of their own that saw Rav get the ball to the back post but Haley's left footed effort lacked pace and was collected by the keeper. With time winding down some hearts went into throats as the Stings defenders got crossed up and a loose ball saw the Vancouver striker knick in for a break but once again Noor did well to come out quickly and cut down the angle of the shot as it went wide. While it wasnt the tidiest match the Sting had played they did enough to see the game out and secure all three points in what is teeming up to be a hotly contended finish in the standings. Final score Vancouver FC 0 - Sting 1. The Sting now have a bye week before they return to league action in a derby match against their club rivals DCS Attack. The match is always a special one as the Sting will be looking to spend some extra time on the training pitch to prepare. Go Sting!!

Monday, January 12
Sting Start New Year in Style

The first match back from the Christmas break and of 2015 had the Sting on the road against the Port Moody Dynamite. The Sting also welcomed Meg back from injury and as such had their biggest roster of the year heading into the match. The first half saw both teams looking to knock some rust off after the layoff and while the Sting had the better start both teams were left wanting for quality chances on net. The first good chance of the match came off some hard work by Georgia who had a fantastic match. Stripping the ball off her check and using her strength to get position she laid the ball back to Syd outside the eighteen but the shot was just dragged wide of the post. A few minutes later and the Sting had another effort on goal as Allie and Sami worked some magic on the short corner but Sami's effort was caught high at the near post by the keeper. The last decent chance on net for the Sting fell to Meg as her run down the right side saw her skip past her check and with the angle getting tight her booming shot was wide of the net. At the other end of the pitch the Dynamite team was trying some quick break out passes but Rav, Sami and Taylor did a neat job of clearing their lines early on and the only effort on goal was a long range one that didnt trouble Noor in net. So a decent first half came to a close with the score Dynamite 0 - Sting 0.

The second half really saw the Sting dominate the play as the opposition crossed into the Sting's half on a handful of occasions. The Sting did a tremendous job of knocking the ball around the pitch and switching the play and wearing down the home team. So it was well deserved when the Sting went ahead and it came off another corner. Lou's cross was knocked back out to Sami who in turn laid the ball off to Kass outside the eighteen. Kass in turn picked out Syd at the top of the D and she chipped it over to Kylie on the edge of the eighteen. Kylie did a tremendous job of chesting the ball down and in one motion, a nice turn and shot beat the keeper clean to her right and the Sting were off. While the Sting controlled the play for the balance of the match they only had one more solid effort on net and again it started from the holding midfielders. Kass received the ball and found Haley who did a fantastic job of getting wide and giving herself some room to carry down the right touchline. The low hard cross saw Allie racing in to get her toe on the ball just outside the six yard box but the shot just fizzed wide of the upright. The Sting were able to see the balance of the game out as they opened up the new year with a convincing victory. Final score Port Moody Dynamite 0 - Sting 1. The Sting now head home for a rematch next week against Vancouver FC as they have four of their final five league matches at home. 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, December 15
Sting Serve up Early Christmas Present

The Sting entered their last match before the Christmas break looking to keep their top three position in the league as they took on Coquitlam MF Kaos. These two teams typically put on a good display of soccer and the Kaos squad were looking to avenge their 2 - 1 loss at home to the Sting earlier in the season. The game started off with the play being hotly contested in the middle third of the pitch as both sides were looking to find ways to break down each others back line. Ten minutes in and the Sting had the first good chance on net. From Brit's swerving corner the ball was knocked out to Mac at the edge of the box but the volley back in curled wide of the far post. The Kaos squad then found themselves with a corner but the high cross to the back post was picked out of the air with confidence by Noor as she continued to show her stellar play in net. Allie and Kylie then teamed up for another effort on net with Allie's run and thru ball getting too tight to the end line and Kylie's effort found the side netting. The balance of the half saw the play switch back and forth and as the first half whistle sounded the Sting knew their best soccer was yet to come. Score at the break Kaos 0 - Sting 0.

At the break the players were very vocal about what they needed to do better in the second half as they took to the pitch with a more determined mindset. Sami got things going as she got good body position and was able to head the ball into the eighteen for Syd but her side footed effort just fizzed by the far post. Some outstanding build up play then saw the Sting's best chance of the match so far when Georgia and Syd got into some nice give and go's with Syd laying the ball back for Allie. Allie's shot was destined for goal just under the bar but a splendid fingertip save by the Kaos keeper saw the shot tipped over the bar. The Sting were relentless in their pressure though and were rewarded for their efforts twenty minutes in. A high ball was flattened out brilliantly by Syd at the top of the Kaos box and then laid back for Sami. Sami made no mistake as she rifled the shot into the top right corner for a screamer of a goal. The Sting came near to doubling their lead just minutes later as Sami's throw found Allie on the left touchline where she crossed the ball into the eighteen for Syd but again Syd's effort was just dragged wide of the post much to the Kaos teams relief. The ref, who didnt have his best game of the day, made numerous perplexing calls on both teams and the Sting felt hard done by when the Kaos player tripped on the ball and was awarded a free kick to Noor's left. This poor call went from bad to worse as the cross into the eighteen was blocked numerous times by some stout defending before it fell to an open Kaos play who prodded the ball in to even the score. So with the Kaos squad getting some momentum the Sting's defensive core of Taylor, Rav, Sami, Mac, Brit and Kass really had to clamp down on the game getting away from the Sting and they did this in spades. So with the Sting's defense soaking up the pressure they rolled the dice and moved one of their holding mids up and this paid dividends. A corner from Brit came out to Allie but the ball was a bit behind her and the shot sailed wide of the upright. With the game looking to be heading for a draw the Sting pulled it out in tremendous style. Kylie, who had just gone in the refs book for a foul, used her body to win the ball in the eighteen yard box and laid the ball back to Allie at the top of the box. A nice left footed shot left the keeper no chance as the ball curled into the top left corner two minutes from time. The Sting were then able to see the rest of the match off and secure the victory. Final score Coquitlam MF Kaos 1 - Sting 2. An exciting second half left the Sting celebrating, post game, as they enjoyed their annual Christmas party in the clubhouse.

The Sting will now enter into the Christmas break and enjoy some well deserved time off before coming back to the pitch in early January to prep for their first match back on the road against the Port Moody Dynamite. 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!!!