Delta Coastal Sting: My Site News

Monday, October 27
Sting and Attack in Derby Battle

The first derby match of the season between the Sting and their sister team DCS Attack had them out in Ladner due to field closures in South Surrey. In the past three seasons these games never fail to live up to an exciting encounter and this one was no different. In league play these teams have never tied as the games have usually been one goal wins by either team and it speaks to the competitive play from both teams. Todays encounter was no different as the Attack were looking for a win to leapfrog past the third place Sting in the standings. The game was really a tale of two halves as the Attack really brought their A game to start the match and the Sting were on their backheels for most fo the first forty minutes. Fourth string keeper Kass was pressed into duty in net with the keepers all out and into a save forever known as the "Costa", she trapped a hard shot between the post and her calf in a spectacular stop. The Attack's only other really quality chance of the match came off an indirect free kick from thirty yards out. While the looping shot eluded Kass, it went straight into the net without being touched by anyone and was ruled a non goal. The first half was another dominant performance by the Sting's defensive core of Rav, Taylor, Mac, Brit, Syd and Sami. Sami in particular caused fits for the Attack as she not only defended strongly but wasnt shy about jumping up into the attack and putting pressure in the attacking third of the field. The Sting's few forays into the Attack's end of the pitch saw Syd's free kick being slammed right into the wall and Kylie's nice run and cross down the left touchline gathered by the keeper. So while the coaches were not pleased with the Sting's play in the attacking third of the pitch, the new formation against a strong opponent did its job very well defensively. Score at the half Attack 0 - Sting 0.

The second half saw a different attacking team take to the pitch for the Sting. The Sting not only used the width of the pitch but also used Ally's speed up top to stretch the field as the Sting opened up the gaps in the Attack's defence. The Sting's first effort had Lou picking up Kylie's long throw into the box but her nice turn and shot was off target and went into the side netting from ten yards out. Brit then played a fantastic thru ball into the eighteen to the keepers left for Kylie to run onto. Kylie shook her check and chipped over the keeper. The shot grazed the underside of the bar and bounced out the other side before a Sting player could get a toe on it to knock it in. At the other end of the pitch the back and forth battle continued but again the Sting's defence did an admirable job and any efforts just rolled into Kass to pick up as she wasnt really troubled for the rest of the contest. The Sting kept coming though as Ally used her pace to win a throw in deep in the Attack end. From this Georgia was sent in from Kylie's long throw but with the keeper racing out, Georgia was caught on the foul to the keeper as the battle really heated up. The last good chance of the match fell to no other than Ally and well deserved for not only battling thru some pain but also against her former team. Kylie's nice cross field pass found Ally at the top of the box. A very nice turn saw her get some separation from her check but the shot was just dragged wide of the far post. So the final whistle sounded on what was another epic battle between these two sides. Final score DCS Attack 0 - Sting 0. The Sting keep going on this extended road trip with another away match next weekend against Guildford AFC. Go Sting!!

Monday, October 13
Sting Keep Rolling in Vancouver

On this Thanksgiving weekend the Sting took to the road for a match against Vancouver FC in the shadow of BC Place Stadium. The Sting were once again devastated by injury as they only carried one sub on the bench for this contest. As usual though this group of players just sucks it up and gets on with things and put in a tremendous display of soccer in the opening half. Some very solid passing and switching the ball across the width of the pitch really started to open up some gaps in Vancouver's backfield. The Sting took advantage of this as a nice thru ball by Kylie down the right touchline had Ally run onto the ball. A fine cross by Ally into the six saw the Vancouver keeper fouled however. A few minutes later and the Sting had a free kick from twenty five yards out but Haley's effort was straight into the wall. A goal was sure to come though as the Sting kept building up the play and the players got one off a broken play. A simple shot wide of the net was spilled by the keeper and with Kylie doing an excellent job of pressuring the play she was able to nick the ball away and from a tight angle slot the ball into the far side of the net. Some frustrations then from the Vancouver squad as a kick and chase ball was being well played by Rav but she was hacked down for her trouble and Vancouver's striker was shown yellow. On a similar play this time it was Shayla, who was called up to assist in net, being as cool as a cucumber as she came out of the eighteen and rounded the pressing striker before passing off to her defence. This was the Sting's half though and their next good chance fell to Lou. Georgia did a great job of connecting with her strikers in the attacking third of the park and laid a ball off to Lou at the edge of the box but the hard shot was right at the keeper. The Sting then had an excellent chance for their second off some tremendous passing. Starting in their own end the Sting strung together fifteen solid passes going from one side of the pitch to the other with Sami and Haley eventually having a nice give and go off Sami's overlapping run on the left touchline. Sami's cross to the top of the eighteen picked out Lou and the nice low shot just fizzed by the far post. A solid forty minutes of soccer for the Sting for sure. Score at the half Vancouver 0 - Sting 1.

As sometimes happens in these types of games the opposition came out flying and the Sting had to endure a considerable spell of defending but their new formation held strong and Shayla was on the spot to collect any losse balls. At the other end the Sting got things moving themselves as Kylie's throw deep in Vancouver territory saw Georgia's flick header find Syd but the shot lacked power and was collected by the keeper. Lou then had a fine run down the right touchline with her tantalizing cross just eluding Kylie's jumping header. The Sting's midfield kept up the pressure and were doing a very good job of trying to find their strikers. Ally stripped the ball off her check and found Kylie on the edge of the box. A nice one touch turn and shot by Kylie was right at the keeper but was a pretty play. Syd and Brit, who were massive today, then linked up in the middle of the pitch with Brit's pass wide to a streaking Lou down the right side. Lou carried well and then crossed for a wide open Kylie but the shot was wiffed on. The Sting kept the play alive though as Vancouver were scrambling to clear and Brit's hard low cross was spilled by the keeper and this time Kylie made no mistake as she side footed the ball home. From their on in it was up to the Sting's defence of Mac, Taylor, Sami and Rav to make sure Shayla kept her clean sheet and see the game out. Final score Vancouver FC 0 - Sting 2. The Sting will now enter their bye week and not a moment too soon as they look to heal up some knocks and hopefully get a few bodies back in the lineup. This cant come soon enough as the players enter the toughest part of their schedule with five of the next six on the road and the first of these against their sister team, DCS Attack in two weeks. Go Sting!!

Monday, October 6
Sting Defuse Dynamite

The Sting were entertaining Port Moody Dynamite at home this weekend in what is the league's quarter mark of the season. The players had put in a very solid week of training on some formation adjustments and it found them finding their way for the first fifteen minutes while the Dynamite team controlled the play. The Sting defense of Sami, Rav and Taylor with Brit and Syd supporting them did an outstanding job of working and communicating all game long and kept the Dynamite off the sheet. Brit, Syd and Meg then started to dictate the middle of the field as the game wore on and were instrumental in the first goal. Meg worked her tail off to beat her check only to be hacked down from behind thirty yards from net. Syd strode up and crushed the ball off the crossbar where it was scrambled out of the eighteen to Taylor at the right touchline. Taylor's whipping cross into the six saw Brit get position on her mark and head past the keeper, top left corner, for an outstanding goal. Allie then did a splendid job of getting around her mark at the top of the eighteen and chipped the ball in for Syd but her reaching toe poke was gathered by the Dynamite keeper. The Sting came close again off another set piece as Lou's corner from the keepers left was lofted into the box but after an intense scramble the keeper was able to smother it. The last good chance of the half fell to Allie as she made a heads up play to intercept the Dynamite goal kick but her booming shot from the top of the eighteen rattled the crossbar and stayed out. Score at the half Dynamite 0 - Sting 1.

The second half opened up as the first ended with the Sting controlling the play and having some patience on the ball when not in possession. Fifteen minutes in and the Sting had their insurance marker off a tremendous shot. A throw deep in the Dynamite end saw Kylie's throw to Meg returned to her at the left touchline. A cracker of a curling shot eluded the Dynamite keeper over her head and went into the bottom side netting on the far side for the goal. The Sting were really turning up the heat as Meg intercepted a loose ball outside the eighteen, carried the ball into a more central position and crushed it off the crossbar and it was scrambled away. Allie then stripped the ball off her check, carried into the eighteen and let fly but the shot just fizzed over the bar. The oppositions best chance of the game came off a corner kick but Shay, who joined the team on call up, was in the right spot to safely gather and preserve her clean sheet. The Dynamite team was getting frustrated as Meg was hacked down resulting in a yellow card and then Mac was hauled down on the right touchline deep in the Dynamite end. Off the resulting free kick Taylor's low hard cross found Kass inside the six where she redirected the cross onto the post and out. The last good effort of the match saw Allie and Meg with some give and goes with Meg's long range effort stinging the keepers hands but staying out. So a tremendous all around team effort was marred in the last two minutes of the contest when Allie got tangled up in some legs and fell awkwardly on her shoulder and had to be carted off by ambulance with a tough injury. The Sting saw the game out in injury time and secured the victory. Final score Port Moody Dynamite 0 - Sting 2. At the quarter marker pole the Sting find themselves in third spot in the League standings and three points out of the top. They now head to play Vancouver FC next weekend before the bye week in their schedule. 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!!!