Delta Coastal Sting: My Site News

Monday, September 19
Sting Take the Spoils on the Road



The Sting's first road trip of the young MSL season was in Coquitlam against the Metro Ford Extreme. The Sting have never played this team before but were prepared for a lot of movement by the opposition off the ball and they didnt disappoint. The Sting opened up a very good spell of soccer right from the opening whistle as some solid passing and winning the loose balls kept the Extreme team at bay. Inside of the first fifteen minutes the Sting were had some quality chances off set pieces. The first was off a corner by Haley as the ball was whipped into the eighteen and fell kindly to Meg. The left footed effort from twelve yards out produced a great diving fingertip save to push it around the post. On the ensuing corner the Sting made their opponents pay. Again Haley put a fantastic ball deeper into the eighteen which popped out to Brit at the top of the box. A nice first touch teed the ball up as the shot was rifled into the top corner for the lead. Haley was in the action again about ten minutes later as Syd's cross field pass found her at the edge of the box but the first touch took the ball away and the keeper collected. At the other end of the pitch the Sting's defensive core of Taylor, Sami, Syd, Rav and Kylie kept most of the chances to long thru balls in which Simran did a great job of being active in her box and collecting. Georgia showed some good skill as she beat her mark and played a wonderful channel pass for Myer to get onto. Myer beat her mark to the ball but the first touch took the ball away and cut down her angle as she blasted the ball into the side netting. The last good chance of the half came to Brit as Sami's wonderful chip over the Extreme defenders had Brit's left footed effort from the edge of the eighteen, being dragged across the net and by the far post. Score at the half Extreme 0 - Sting 1.

The second half saw the Coquitlam team gain control of the ball and dictate the play more than the Sting would prefer. With a short bench the players were forced into some positions they typically dont play and while they did a stellar job of repelling any real efforts Simran was forced into making several outstanding saves from long distance shots. On the day she was a great force in net and gave the team confidence in pushing forward. One save in particular with a few minutes to go so the ball being caught at full stretch when a lesser keeper may have tipped it around the post. The only real good effort of the half for the Sting fell to Rav as she collected the ball at the half, beat two checks and tried to catch the Extreme keeper out with a thirty yard blast that was collected. The Sting did a solid job of managing the game time and seeing the game out as they registered their first win and clean sheet of the season. Final score Coquitlam MF Extreme 0 - Sting 1. The Sting now head back home for a match on Sunday against a team that has given them troubles in past, North Shore Renegades. We are sure the players will put in a good effort this week to prepare. Go Sting!!



Wednesday, September 14
Sting Open the 2016/17 Season (and their last......)



The Sting, having come off a strong 2015/16 season, found themselves drawn into the "Group of Death" as their Pool A counterparts include three of the top four U-16 and four of the top five U-17 teams from last season. A tough draw to say the least but if any team is up for the higher level of competition its is the Sting. First game of the season saw the Sting having their home opener against West Vancouver Rangers who played in both the Coastal and Provincial finals last season. The coaches had prepped the players for a lot of early pressure and as expected that what was shown from the outset as the Sting had to absorb the Rangers passing and dribbling. The Sting kept a very compact backfield and limited the Rangers squad to little to no chances albeit with a lot of possession. First good chance of the game however fell to the Sting and it came off a set piece. A nice cross field free kick by Sami fell right to Haley as she raced in but the shot was just off target. Simran was then forced into a nice sliding take as the Rangers stiker tried to pounce on a thru ball. Shortly after that a near identical play for the Sting from their previous free kick this time saw Syd deliver the ball wide to Haley but this time the keeper was forced into a nice low save. The Sting started to get a foothold in this match as some solid passing and movement kept the Rangers off balance and they were rewarded for their efforts. Myer was introduced into the match and immediately had an impact as she forced the Rangers left back into coughing up the ball with some good pressure for the corner. The Sting capitalized as Haley's corner was turned into the net at the far post by Sami for the lead. A few minutes later and Haley was in the action again as she drove the ball forward with some pace and squared the ball to Myer who in turn picked out Georgia in the eighteen but the shot lacked power and was collected by the keeper. So the half ended with the Sting having a well deserved lead with the score being Rangers 0 - Sting 1.

The second half saw the Rangers team once again with loads of possession but not much in the way of opportunity as the Sting's back line and holding midfielders did a tremendous job of turning away any threats. Simran was forced into a couple of fine sliding takes when the Rangers did break thru but the ball stayed out of the net.  To be fair the Sting did not create too much in the half for scoring opportunities. Syd had the best chance of the half as her thirty yard effort stung the keepers hands but stayed out. Disaster struck though three minutes from time as a Rangers player had too much time at the top of the eighteen and left Simran no chance with a good shot to the top corner. The Sting may have felt a little cheated out of all the points but it was good to see a solid performance by them, against a very strong team, to start the season. Final score West Vancouver Rangers 1 - Sting 1. The Sting now head on their first road match of the season as they take on the Coquitlam Xtreme. 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.

Kev



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!!!