Delta Coastal Sting: My Site News

Friday, June 3
Sting in Kamloops for Slurpee Cup

The Sting wrapped up their 2015/16 season with a road trip tournament to Kamloops for the Slurpee Cup. With one more season left for the players next year some fun and team bonding was in order after a very succesful U-17 season. The Sting would be missing Ally and McKenna as they could not come but they did welcome next seasons new additions in Simran, Allison (Meyer) and Lauren.

Day #1 was a travel day for the team as they headed up to Kamloops on the Friday but our Team Moms, Michelle & Carmen, did a great job of planning out the weekend so a long car trip was topped off with some fun playing FootGolf. FootGolf is essentially a cross between soccer and golf and while the sun was shining the windy day played havoc and fun with the players and parents who were on the course. The evening was topped off with a great meal at the golf course as old friendships and new ones were in the mix around the tables. With a 6:00pm game for the next day the coaches lifted curfew for the team but with the weather turning colder the players ended up hanging around the rooms for the most part.

Day #2, game day. Saturday saw the Sting's first match of the event and they were up against a very big and strong Nelson Selects squad. The sun breaking out just before the kickoff didnt brighten things as within five minutes the Sting were down a goal due to some early pressure in their back end. The slow starting Sting had to endure some more pressure and it wasnt until the last ten minutes of the half that they started to get a foothold in the match. Syd and Sami got into some nice build up passing before Sami sprung Haley free in the eighteen but the hard low effort was right at the keeper. The half for the most part ended up being played in the middle third of the pitch with little in the way of chances for either team, score at the half Nelson 1 - Sting 0. The second half saw the team come out with some more determination but a rare mistake in the back saw some cover blown and the Nelson striker was sent in on a break and slipped the ball past a helpless Evalyn. This teams attitude is one that they never give up and new girl Myer created a chance when she slipped a ball over to Lou coming in off the wing but the booming shot found the side netting. The Sting kept pressing though and were rewarded a deserved goal. Lou's curling free kick in to the eighteen found Lauren who knocked it over to Caitlin to bundle the ball home. The last ten minutes was all Sting but they just could not create that final finish to tie things up as the final whistle sounded. Final score Nelson Selects 2 - Sting 1. The team headed back to the hotel to an awesome spread of food the parents had put out and the team headed out for a movie night to wrap up the day.

Day #3, double header day. The Sting had two matches on this day with the first being against Terrace. The Sting wanted to get off to a better start than the first game and for large spells of the match they were clearly the better team. Lou got things going as her corner fell to Georgia who calmly laid the ball back to Kass but the shot curled wide of the near post. With a lot of Sting pressure a goal against the run of play saw Terrace net first and again the Sting had to chase the game. It wasnt long before they answered back though as Meg took things on herself. A brilliant run across the width of the pitch with the ball had her put a great channel pass thru for Georgia. Georgia in turn beat her mark to the end line where a cut back pass picked out Caitlin who brilliantly chipped the keeper and into the far side of the goal to even things up. Meyer then showed her pace as she collected the loose ball and rounded her mark but the resutling shot was at the keeper. Terrace came close at the other end just before the half but Simran got enough of the ball to knock it onto the post and out. Halftime score Terrace 1 - Sting 1. Brit got things going in the second as she ran at the Terrace back four and after beating her mark, the eighteen yard effort was at the keeper for the save. The Sting kept coming though and were rewarded off a set piece. Lou's first class corner saw the Sting licking their chops as the ball was just over Georgia's head but Chelsea was lined up as well as she nodded the ball home for the go ahead goal. A cruel questionable foul with a few minutes to go saw Terrace notch the equalizer off a well taken free kick up and over the wall. Not the result the team deserved but some good soccer to watch. Final score Terrace 2 - Sting 2.

The Sting's second game of the day was against Calgary Juventus and it was in the weather the Sting are use to, a downpour to say the least. This did not cool off the Sting as they were looking to play a full match and the fans got their moneys worth in this one. Lauren got things rolling this time as she stripped the ball off her mark and slipped the ball into the eighteen for Caitlin to run onto. With the diving keeper rushing out, Caitlin used her pace to get there first and chip the ball over for the early lead. A few minutes later and Brit was on the spot to intercept a poor goal kick but the resulting effort was right back into the keepers hands. The Sting kept the pressure up though and another set piece goal added to the lead. Lou's looping free kick to the back post had Sami in the right spot as she rose higher than her check and headed the ball home. Just before the break the Sting added a third goal and what a beauty it was. Meg, who had a monster game, skipped past two defenders before sliding the ball over to Brit just outside the eighteen. A nice one touch and shot saw the rocket shot past the diving keeper and into the top right corner for a screamer of a goal. Score at the half Calgary 0 - Sting 3. The coaches discussion at half talked about momentum and not giving anything back but just a few minutes into the return to play Calgary notched a goal to give them some life. The Sting though were not about to let this one get away and returned with a goal that made the coaches happy. Haley stole the ball in the final third of the pitch and found Meg at the top of the eighteen where she let fly with a screamer that stung the keepers hands and she spilled the ball. Cailtin was on the spot as she was going to the net on the shot looking for the spoils and she prodded the ball home. A type of goal the coaches want to see more of next season. The Sting were not about to take the foot off the gas and they closed out the game with two more beauties. Meg skipped down the wing with the ball before finding Lauren who made a great diagonal run into the box. A brilliant one time touch and shot beat the keeper low as one of the Sting's newest players notched her first Sting goal! Georgia and Meg then rounded things off as Georgia used her strength on the ball to muscle her check off it and laid the ball back for Meg who rifled the ball up under the crossbar from ten yards out giving the keeper no chance. Final score Calgary 1 - Sting 6. The Sting then headed back to the hotel for another great feast and afterwards the players drifted off to their rooms while the parents did some bonding of their own.

Day #4 final day of the tournament. The final day of the event before the team headed home had them playing the host Kamloops Blaze. With the Blaze having already securing the Cup the game was fairly meaningless from a results aspect but the Sting wanted to ensure they still gave a full effort especially as this was Lou's last game with the team as she is leaving next season to focus on volleyball in her final year. The game while entertaining from a technical aspect was not the most exciting contest as the match was played, for the most part, in the middle third of the pitch. Simran was forced into a good save up high inside the first ten minutes as she collected well. The Sting came close as Allie chipped over the defence for Lou but her shot found the side netting as a laclustre first half came to an end Blaze 0 - Sting 0. The Blaze reopened the second half with a goal ten minutes in which forced the Sting to chase the game a bit. Lauren slotted a brilliant thru ball for Meg who in turn played Lou thru as the team was trying to get her a goal in her last match but the resulting shot curled wide of the post. With ten minutes left a free kick sealed the game for the Blaze as the ball was spilled and knocked home for insurance marker. The final whistle sounded with the score Kamloops Blaze 2 - Sting 0.

The tournament had a lot of success for the team as it was not only a good team bonder but also allowed the coahces to really see the team and how they performed with some different formation options. We saw some great performances from the players ie Caitlin's four goals, Brit's tremendous goal against Calgary and some brilliant work by the defenders at both ends of the field. While we wish Ally and Mac could have been with us we are really going to miss Lou next season. Lou has been with the team for four seasons and while her match performances and skills will be missed the antics away from the pitch and her fun loving character will be tough to replace.

The team will now be taking some time off to prep for what will be their last season of youth soccer but a full season it will be with some more tournaments, a trip to Seattle, league play, SAQ, Coastal Cup play and hopefully a run to Provincials would be a great way to top off what has been a massive six seasons of Metro Selects Soccer by these players. Enjoy the summer and 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 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

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!!!