Delta Coastal Sting: My Site News

Monday, September 28
Sting Share Spoils With Stompers

The Sting, who opened up the season with two victories, were back on the road and the first of four straight matches against U-18 teams as they took on the Coquitlam Metro Ford Stompers at Town Centre Park. This was really a game of two halves as the Stompers took the game to the Sting with a lot of sustained pressure on the defenders. In turn the Sting gave up more corners than they would like as they faced seven of them in the first half alone. Some whipped in crosses kept the players on their toes and in particular Alyssa had to be sharp in net tracking them all. The closest the opposition came though was a corner that was redirected onto net but Taylor held the post well and steered it off the line and out of play. The Sting were working hard in the middle of the pitch but were having difficulty stringing multiple passes together but they did manage some time in the opponents end of the pitch. From Brit's free kick from the half line she was able to drop the ball behind the defenders and Lou made a great run to get in behind them but the Stompers keeper was equal to the task on a nice sliding take. Just before the break and Kass did well to strip the ball off her mark and feed over to Meg who made a fine run at the defenders but the twenty yard strike was right at the keeper. So the half came to an end where the Sting did not muster too much offence and had to stand tall in defence. Score at the break Stompers 0 - Sting 0.

Last season the Sting showed their fans they are a second half team and while this season they have been playing great for the full ninty minutes for this game they returned to last seasons form and had their best half of the season. Rav got things moving as she carried up from the centre back position and as the Stompers gave her the space she moved the ball right up the pitch and let fly with a long range effort that the keeper gathered but put on notice more was to come. The Sting had a free kick awarded just past half and Syd put a beauty of a cross to the top of the eighteen for Georgia who in turn teed the ball up for McKenna but her effort was caught up high by the keeper. Kylie then had her own free kick deep in the Stompers end of the pitch drop into the six yard box for Sami but the effort skidded off her foot and went over the bar. The Sting had to be careful in their own end though but Alyssa was on the spot for a great sliding take on a thru ball and a few minutes later was able to get down quick at the near post to keep the opposition at bay. The Sting kept coming though and Meg, who was again just a beast of player on the day, had a half field run at the defenders but the resulting shot lacked power as the keeper smothered the ball. The last chance on the day had Brit's picture perfect corner drop to Chelsea at the near post. Chelsea made a nice turn and found Ally at the top of the six but the resulting shot was well blocked and cleared. So on the day the Sting will be happy to have taken a point on the road but will feel that they deserved more and something to take forward into the next game. Final score Coquitlam MF Stompers 0 - Sting 0. The Sting now head home for a very tough match against the top ranked North Shore team next Sunday. Go Sting!!

Monday, September 21
Sting Take Home Opener

The Sting's first home match of the new Metro Selects League season was against West Coast FC. The Sting were looking to build off a fine performance on the road last week and they did not disappoint. A strong wind was at the Sting's back to open the match but the weather was never really a factor as the Sting took the match to their opponents. Haley and Meg had some nice build up play going down the left flank before teeing the ball up for Georgia but her booming low shot whistled by the near upright. Chelsea was the next to have a go as she pounced on the loose ball at the top of the eighteen but the effort sailed over the crossbar. At the other end of the pitch Alyssa found herself back in net after a year long ACL recovery and while she wasnt troubled too much she was able to distribute the balls around the backfield. Twenty minutes in and Meg did a great job of running at the West Coast defenders and pushing them back and while her eighteen yard effort was headed top corner the keeper was on the spot for the take. The Sting kept ramping the pressure up though and came close off another great play. Sami's throw in had Chelsea flick the ball into Caitlin's path where she beat her mark and fed the ball back to Chelsea. A nice touch and shot was right at the keeper however for the easy collection. The Sting finally got on the board and again it was some hardwork down the wing that provided the service. Ally collected the ball on the right touchline and rounded her check into the eighteen where a hard low effort saw Chelsea crashing the net lookingfor the redirect. The ball however was cleared but only as far a Sami and her one timer from thirty yards out sailed over the keepers head and in under the bar for the goal. Just before the break and the Sting added to their lead and again it was from some good link up play. Brit's throw from the keepers left had Kylie's flick header fall into Chelsea's path. A nice carry into the eighteen saw Chelsea beat her mark and with the keeper rushing out Chelsea was able to get a toe on the ball and slide it past the keeper. Score at the half West Coast 0 - Sting 2.

The second half opened with a near identical play the Sting scored their second goal on. This time it was Sami's throw that Kylie was able to flick onto for Georgia to have a go on goal but the strong shot was at the keeper for the save. Meg, who had a huge game, then got into a nice give and go with Georgia which in turn sprung Ally free into the eighteen but the angle was against her as the low hard shot was gathered by the keeper. So it was a bit against the run of play when the Sting didnt clear the ball well enough and the West Coast striker was able to jump on a loose ball and slide it past Alyssa. The Sting werent happy about giving up their clean sheet but also had to endure a small spell of pressure in their own end. A great way to relieve that pressure was to net another goal and thats just what the players did. Georgia put her mark under some pressure and stripped the ball loose where she carried into the eighteen and calmly slid the ball into the far corner to restore the two goal margin. From there on in the Sting controlled the ball as they knocked it around the pitch to see the game out. Final score West Coast FC 1 - Sting 3. The Sting will head back out on the road next weekend as they take on an under eighteen Coquitlam Metro Ford side. A good start to the season but the Sting will be pushed the next few weeks as they battle in their tough conference. Go Sting!!

Monday, September 14
Sting Open the 2015/16 MSL Season

The Sting enter the 2015/16 Metro Select League season as a year younger team in the blended U-18 division. The U-18 group is split into two groups; with the top two teams at the end of the sesaon in each group battling it out for the league champion. So being one of the younger teams in the group means trying to secure as many points as possible to give yourself a chance for one of the top spots.

With this in mind the Sting drew their old cross town rivals, SFC Pegasus, for their opening match on the road and securing points was going to be tough. In fact you have to go all the way back to July of 2012, in the Provincial Cup, for the last time the Sting beat this team. The Sting opened up the match with a new formation and within the first ten minutes of the opening whistle they were on the board. Haley whipped in a corner that Syd was able to get a head onto and the ball came off the underside of the crossbar and into the far corner for the lead. They came close again just a few minutes later as Meg ran at the Pegasus defence and cut across the top of the eighteen where her pass found Brit sneaking up the pitch. A nice side footed shot was on target but lacked power and was collected up high by the keeper. The Sting were dominant in their play though and particularly thru the middle of the pitch where Georgia, Chelsea, Meg, Brit and Syd were pushing the play. With all the pressure the Sting found another goal and again it was off a set piece. Some great work down the left side of the pitch had Haley being hauled down just outside the box to the keepers right. Sami stepped up and her curling free kick had good pace on it and Ally was able to redirect the ball and chip it over the sprawling keeper for the Sting to double their advantage. At the other end of the pitch Evalyn had to be sharp off a Pegasus corner as the redirected ball saw Evalyn's quick reflex save keep the ball out and Brit was able to clear. Just before the break the Sting came close again as some nice build up passing between Kylie and Meg found Chelsea just outside the eighteen and her booming shot was nicely tipped over the bar by the keeper. Score at the half Pegasus 0 - Sting 2.

The second half saw Pegasus carry a little more of the play as they looked to get back into the game. Five minutes in and they came close as a quick break to Evalyn's left side saw the Sting keeper make a great sliding take to knock the ball away. The Sting came right back though with Ally springing Haley down the left side but the cross was neatly picked out by the keeper with Ally rushing in. Pegasus was then frustrated with a goal being called back but there was a clear foul on Taylor as the push in the back was picked out by the assistant ref. Their frustrations continued as Rav made a brilliant defensive play turning her mark inside out as a great Pegasus chance was thwarted by the Sting centre back. The Sting came right back down the field as Meg played a brilliant thru ball wide to the right for Lou and her hard low cross was redirected onto net by Ally but the ball just screwed wide of the far post. The up and down play continued as this time Pegasus was able to spring their striker on a clear break but again Evalyn stood tall as she came out strong and made herself big as the shot went off her foot and wide for a corner. Just before the final whistle and Chelsea sent a statement as her shot was crushed from a full thirty five yards out, catching the keepr off her line but the effort just fizzed over the bar. The final whistle sounded and the Sting ended their long drought with the win. Final score SFC Pegasus 0 - Sting 2. The Sting will now head back to Elsom next weekend for their home opener as they host West Coast FC. Go Sting!!

Tuesday, September 8
Sting Take Third Place at SX Cup

The Sting's final match in the SX Cup was the Bronze match against the North Shore Renegades and when these two teams get together it is always an entertaining affair and this afternoon's contest was no exception. The match was a tale of two halves as the Sting controlled the first and the Renegades the second. There was some very good quality play on the pitch but again it was the two midfields battling for position and the Sting had the lead inside of fifteen minutes. Haley took the ball clean out of the air, just the other side of half and knocked it on to Caitlin who made a brilliant run across her check. Caitlin's speed took her away from the centre back and she calmly slotted the ball to the far left corner for the go ahead goal. The games intensity and physicality really picked up but the Sting did a very good job of marking out the Renegades striker and kept her to the outside of the pitch. Score at the half Renegades 0 - Sting 1.

The second half saw the Renegades control the play as the Sting kept their shape but about ten minutes in a nice thru ball saw the Renegade player knocked down for a penalty shot. On top of this Evalyn took a knee to the chest and was knocked out of the match so Alyssa had to replace her. Coming in cold off the bench to face a penalty shot isnt ideal and the Renegades were able to slot home to tie things up. A few minutes later and the Renegades came close again as the hard low shot from Alyssa's left side saw her make a splendid diving save to push the ball wide and Brit was on the spot to clear it away. With penalty kicks looming to break the tie the Sting had one last chance to take the match. Kylie won a loose ball and a first class thru ball split the defenders and Caitlin was sent in again. The Renegades keeper charged out and flattened Caitlin at the edge of the eighteen and earned herself an automatic red card to boot on the dangerous play. This left a fairly tight free kick which Rav was able to clear the wall with but it just fizzed over the crossbar as the final whistle sounded and the teams were off to the dreaded penalty kicks.

The Renegades won the toss and elected to shoot first. The first shooter missed over the bar, then Rav stepped up and slotted the ball home. The second shooter then saw her effort saved by Alyssa, Brit then slammed her effort low to the keepers right. The third shooter scored but Lou saw her effort saved and at this point the Sting were sitting one up. The fourth shooter scored for the Renegades and Taylor made no mistake with her effort either. The fifth shooter also scored for the Renegades and it then fell to Sami to socre to secure the match and she also made the Renegades pay with her crisp shot and the Sting had won the match. Final score Renegades 1 - Sting 1 with the Sting winning the match 4 - 3 on penalties. The Sting will now be refocusing their efforts on their first MSL match of the season next Sunday against SFC Pegasus in what is usually a high spirited affair. 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

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!!!