Delta Coastal Sting: My Site News

Monday, November 23
Sting Finally Rewarded for Hardwork

The Sting have been playing some outstanding soccer this season and while the bounces and results have not gone their way you cant knock the entertainment value these kids put on week in and week out. This weekends MSL action had them on the road against West Coast FC, which in past has proven to be a tricky venue for the players. As per the last few weeks the Sting started on the front foot and really took the match to the home team. Georgia got the ball rolling as she muscled her check off the ball and slipped a pretty pass in for Meg. Meg carried across the top of the eighteen and let fly but the shot fizzed over the crossbar. Ten minutes in and the Sting scored their best goal of the season so far. Haley, who had a brilliant match down the left wing, cut the ball back across the path of her mark and found Brit inside the eighteen. With Allie making a good overlap run, Brit laid the ball off for her and Allie made no mistake from the edge of the six as she found the far corner of the net and beat the diving keeper for the go ahead goal. The Sting kept the pressure up in this high tempo match and were rewarded just five minutes later. Lou, who's corner kicks have been a thing of beauty, crossed another corner into a very dangerous spot and Sami was on the spot to make a brilliant side footed volley which saw the ball go up under the bar and the Sting had doubled their advantage. The first half was all Sting as they were relentless in their attack. Meg was able to pounce on a loose ball and find Allie off a nice run. Allie did a great job of teeing the ball up but the shot was right at the keeper for the save. Meg was the provider again a short time later as this time it was Brit who was played in. Brit beat her check but was a bit off balance on the shot from twenty yards out and it curled wide of the far post. At the other end of the pitch the Sting's defence stood tall as they turned away any real threats. West Coast was able to jump on an errant pass however and lashed the ball on net from the top of the eighteen but Shayla, who was on call up duty, made a fine diving save to smother the shot. Kylie then forced the West Coast defence on its back heels as she ran at them and slid the ball over for Ally. Ally carried the ball past her mark and let fly with a booming shot but it was at the keeper and just stung her hands. The Sting came close just before the break and it was from the ever dangerous Haley. A first class corner was curling into the net at the near post but the keeper got her fingertips to it and pushed it onto the bar where it actually hit twice before going out the other end of the eighteen. The whistle sounded on an excellent half for the Sting, West Coast FC 0 - Sting 2.

The Sting opened up the second with the same determination as the first with Meg and Allie teaming up with some nice give and go passing with Allie eventually sliding the ball wide to the right of the eighteen for Ally. A nice touch set up the shot, which forced the keeper into a good low save at the near post. The Sting had another set piece come near fifteen minutes in as Lou's whipping corner saw Sami out climb her mark and bravely head the ball and while this would have been a challenger for goal of the season, the ball whipped over the crossbar. Another good chance fell the Sting's way just a few minutes later. Rav played a first class pass wide to the right touchline where Allie collected and crossed into the six yard box. Lou made a brilliant run to get into a good position but the ball didnt cooperate as it came off Lou and into the keepers grateful hands. So with all of this action it was a huge turn of events when West Coast were able to get a goal and some life, as they scrambled a loose ball off a corner over the line. This forced the Sting to defend for a spell and in particular Rav and Brit had their hands full with West Coast's speedy striker but they did a fantastic job of covering and the rest of the defensive squad tightened things up. The Sting slowly got control of the game as Meg teed the ball up for Chelsea but her twenty five yard effort was at the keeper for the stop. Then ten minutes from time the Sting put things away for good. Ally recognized some space and made a great cross field run where Allie fed her a channel pass to run onto. With the defender and keeper both closing Ally did a great job of using her strength to chip the ball around the keeper for the insurance marker. A solid ninety minutes of soccer came to an end and the Sting were finally rewarded for their efforts. Final score West Coast FC 1 - Sting 3. The Sting now head home for a match against the 98 Coquitlam Metro Ford squad next weekend at Elsom. Go Sting!!

Wednesday, November 18
Sting Deserved Better

The second half of the 2015/16 MSL season began with the Sting hosting SFC Pegasus at Elsom. Pegasus was looking to avenge an opening season loss to the Sting but from the opening whistle the Sting were clearly on their front foot as they took the game to their opponents. Meg got things going from the centre midfiled position as she skipped past her mark and teed the ball up for Sami who let fly from twenty yards out but the shot took a delfection and sailed wide of the net. Cailtin then did a fantastic job of showing for the ball as Kass picked her out with a long throw into the box but the turn and shot sailed over the bar. At the other end of the pitch Shayla was filling in net on call up and was only troubled on one corner but she was able to collect up high with no difficulty. The Sting kept up the pressure though as some tremendous work in the centre of the pitch by Brit, Georgia and Meg had Pegasus in tough. Sami, who had a stellar match, once again jumped up in the play and let a twenty five yard effort go which tested the keeper up high but stayed out. Ally then used her strength and pace to beat her check down the right touchline where she crossed to the back post for Haley but the resulting shot on net just spun wide of the near post. A very strong forty five minutes of soccer should have seen the Sting with a goal but happy regardless of playing some high quality soccer. Score at the half Pegasus 0 - Sting 0.

The second half opened strong again for the Sting as Meg stripped the ball off the Pegasus defender and carried across the top of the eighteen where she let go a great strike on net but the keeper made a fine diving save to her right. Pegasus then got a goal against play where the Sting had a mental mistake and this gave the opposition some confidence as they started to take the game to the Sting. The Sting came back though with a fantastic chance as Lou's first class corner fell into the six yard box where Ally headed back across the net but Pegasus were able to scramble the ball away. With the Sting pressing they were caught on a quick counter as Shayla had no chance on the breakaway even with her coming out for the take. A game that had the team scratching their heads as a two goal defecit certainly did not reflect the overall play. As usual this team does not quit and had two more good chances on net from set pieces. Lou's in swinging corner to the far post saw Sami get her head on it but it was right at the keeper for the save. Just before full time the Sting were awarded a free kick outside the box to the keepers right. Sami stepped up and let fly with an effort that just skimmed over the bar. So the final whistle sounded on a pretty frustrated group as even a tie seemed unjust let alone a loss but they will have to regroup for next weeks tough road trip against West Coast FC. Final score SFC Pegasus 2 - Sting 0. Go Sting!!

Thursday, November 12
Sting Put in Solid Performance

After last weeks downpour in West Vancouver the Sting were back in action in almost balmy conditions taking on Vancouver FC at Elsom. The players put in a great week of training and right off the hop were the better team for the full ninety minutes. Meg started the ball rolling for the Sting as she moved her mark off the ball and played a beautiful wide ball for Rav to run onto down the right wing. After dribbling into the eighteen Rav's booming shot was just the wrong side of the post but it set the tone for the contest. The Sting's next effort on goal was off a set piece and turned into the go ahead goal. Lou, who had her best showing of the season, turned a first class corner kick right into the six yard box where Georgia was on the spot to redirect it into the net with a side footed shot. Lou was once again in on the action as her long throw deep in Vancouver's end found Kylie running onto the ball but with the keeper charging out Kylie had to rush her shot from a volley and the keepr was able to grab the ball up high. Meg and Rav then got into some nice give and go passing with Rav laying the ball back to Chelsea outside the eighteen but the cannon of a shot was bravely blocked by the Vancouver defender. Just after that and the Sting had a penalty shot waved off as a clear two handed push in the back on Chelsea was waved off by the ref. At the other end of the pitch Syd, who was filling in as keeper, had little action as her defenders in front of her did well to turn away any real threats. At the thirty five minute mark the Sting then had a glorious chance to double their lead as Vancouver's goal kick was turned back to the far side of the pitch to Ally at the top of the eighteen. Not realizing she had a little more time the left footed shot was a bit rushed and the keeper made a good diving save to her left to keep the ball out. The last chance of the half fell rightly to Lou as Allie did a great job of protecting the ball and laying the ball back to Lou but the long range effort was collected up high. Score at the half Vancouver 0 - Sting 1.

The second half opened up much like the first as the Sting controlled play but the dreaded long looping shot ten minutes in burned the Sting as the thirty yard effort left Syd no chance as it went over her fingertips and under the bar. A goal really out of nowhere and against the run of play but the Sting buckled down to try and get another goal. Georgia, who turned in a solid performance, played a fantastic thru ball for Caitlin to run onto and while the keeper mishandled the ball she was able to secure it with Caitlin ready to pounce. Rav then played a brilliant channel pass for Haley on a mini break. Haley did a great job to move the ball and her body into the running lane of her check so she could get some seperation and the low hard shot from the edge of the eighteen had the diving keeper beat but not the post as it came so close to going in. The Sting then had a second penalty shot waved off as once again a clear push in the back sent Caitlin sprawling. At the other end the Sting had to be wary off another long range effort but Syd did a great job of using her height to climb and collect at the far post. The Sting then had another great opportunity go astray. Taylor played Ally thru down the right wing and after moving the ball and getting around her mark Ally found herself in tight on net. Regardless she made a great effort on net that came off the underside of the bar, what looked like down over the line, off the far post and out. A shot that she probably couldnt do again if she tried but the ball did not bulge the net as the final whistle sounded. Final score Vancouver FC 1 - Sting 1. The Sting really deserved the full three points in the contest but will be happy with some first rate soccer and they will need this again as they start the second half of the season against old foes SFC Pegasus next Sunday at Elsom. 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.

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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!!!