Delta Coastal Sting: My Site News

Thursday, October 20
Sting's Hardwork for Naught

The Sting hosted Surrey Guildford United at Newton Athletic Sunday and with the previous days windstorm making the news, the weather wasnt all that bad for the game. A frustrating day for the Sting ensued though as they played well enough for the win but had to share the spoils. The first half saw little in chances as the Sting carried the bulk of the play but had a difficult time breaking down their oppononents back line. In fact it wasnt until the twenty fifth minute that any shot on net materialized as Haley put a nice wall pass over for Meg but the twenty yard effort was at the keeper and lacked pace. Syd had the next go on go shortly after as her thirty yard free kick fizzed over the bar. The best chance fell to Kylie though as just before the break Myer did a tremendous job of putting pressure on the left back to make an errant pass across the top of the eighteen. Kylie spotted the play and jumped on the ball but her swerving shot was saved just under the crossbar by the SGU keeper. Score at the half SGU 0 - Sting 0.

The second half played out a lot like the first and while Simran had to be on her toes for one shot on goal, that she pushed around the post, for the most part it was a quiet day for the Sting keeper. Fifteen minutes in and Rav's thirty yard free kick was always climbing over the bar. A few minutes later and Lauren and Meg teamed up on a nice passing play that had Meg carrying the ball and letting go with a solid left footed effort but it just skimmed past the far post. The last good chance of the game also fell to Meg as she collected the loose ball beat two checks and let fly with a hard low shot that had the keeper spill the ball out to Caitlin. In a bang bang play though Caitlin couldnt get much on the shot and the keeper was able to collect up high. Brit picking up a yellow card rounded out a frustrating day at the office. Results in the other games saw the Sting remain in second place however as they gear up for a show down with first place SFC Pegasus next Sunday. Final score SGU 0 - Sting 0. Go Sting!!

Thursday, October 13
Sting Dominate at Empire Field

A road match at the old Empire field site saw a battle for second overall as the Sting travelled to Vancouver on a soaker of a Saturday afternoon. The Sting were looking to build off last weeks road win in South Surrey and they did not disappoint as a solid nintey minutes gave them all the points on the day. Meg got things going for the Sting as she played Lauren a nice channel pass down the right side and Lauren did well to battle past her mark and slide the ball over to Haley inside the eighteen. Vancouver did well to get numbers back though as they scrambled the shot out of the box. Lauren got into the mix on the next chance as well as she used her pace to skip by her mark and fire a hard low cross across the top of the six yard box for Kylie who was racing into the area. The crosss just got past Kylie as she looked to one time the ball past the helpless keeper. At the other end of the pitch, while the Sting were missing Syd and Sami in the back, the Sting used their good depth of players to fill some spots and Brit, Rav, Taylor, Kass, Georgia and Mac were outstanding on the day. Kylie had the next good chance on net as she stripped the ball off her check and let fly with a twenty five yard effort that fizzed by the far post. Some great passing on the day really saw the Sting carry the play and the teams next chance was a beauty. Meg played Haley thru down the left side where she was able to find Kylie with her back to net on the edge of the box. A nice layoff pass back to Chelsea saw the resulting effort just dragged wide of the post. Mac jumped up into the offensive part of the field as well as the space opened up for her and she carried well before picking out Haley with a beauty of a pass. Haley's hard low shot was turned around the post by a diving Vancouver keeper however. Half time sounded with a strong forty five minutes although the Sting would have liked to have seen one or two of their efforts go in. Score at the half Vancouver 0 - Sting 0.

The second half once again saw the Sting dominate in possession albeit without much in the way of efforts on net. So when the Sting's goal came it really appeared out of nowhere. The Sting were awarded a free kick from thirty five yards out and Rav whipped the ball in to the top of the eighteen where the Vancouver keeper came out to play the ball but misjudged the flight as it got past her. Kylie made no mistake though as she was moving on the kick and was able to get to the loose ball first and squeeze it into the net from a tight angle. The Sting would have liked to have created some more quality chances in the second but had to settle for one last good one from Haley. From Simran's first class drop kick Caitlin was able to use a flick header to play Haley in behind the Vancouver defence. A nice run and carry by Haley saw her effort from just inside the eighteen whip past the far post. The last ten minutes of the match saw Kylie, Haley and Allie do some tremendous work in the corner to kill off the time and secure the three points as the game came to an emd. Final score Vancouver FC 0 - Sting 1. The Sting will head home for a match up against Guildford United on Sunday and look to keep their fine form going. Go Sting!!

Wednesday, October 5
Sting See Off Attack in Derby Match

The Sting were down in South Surrey on a beautiful Fall afternoon to face old foe and sister team the DCS Attack in what would be their last ever regular league meeting. Over the years this derby match has had loads going for it, great soccer, tremendous emotion and competitive spirit. While these games have always been close affairs the Sting were taking their all time record against the Attack (7W, 3L, 2T) and wanted to not only secure another win but move up into second in their group. The Attack got things rolling on a quick counter attack as Rav did well to take the angle away from the shooter but the shot still came close and found the side netting. It was a sign of things to come as the Sting had to be on their toes for the long ball and quick transition all game long. Once again though the Sting's outstanding group of defenders Taylor, Rav, Sami, Mac, Kass, Georgia and Brit were fantastic at keeping Simran's life in net fairly uneventful. The Sting also had a good day in the attacking end of the field as they put some good training from the week before into practice. Myer and Kylie got things rolling with some good interactive passing which resulted in Kylie's shot being slighty blocked and easier for the keeper to collect. With Caitlin being introduced she produced immediate effects as some good high pressure by her forced the Attack defender to cough the ball up for a corner and the Sting made them pay. A first class cross by Haley was met with a stunning header as Sami climbed well and met the ball at the highest point to head back across goal and into the top corner for the lead. Some more pressure a few minutes later forced another corner and this time it was Taylor who dropped a ball into the six yard box that was eventually scrambled away by the Attack. The last good cahnce of the half fell to Haley and it was off some good work on the far touchline by Allie and Kylie. Allie did a great job of winning the loose ball and played it wide for Kylie who in turn chipped the ball across the top of the eighteen to pick out Haley who had made a good run. The shot though lacked some power though and was collected low by the keeper. A solid first half of play came to an end with the score Attack 0 - Sting 1.

The second half of the contest saw a lot of work by both sides in the middle of the pitch as they tried to find ways to break down each others defense. Again an Attack counter almost caught out the Sting but the angle was taken away by Taylor and the shot up high gave Simran no trouble as she calmly picked out the ball. The Sting had two near identical plays turn into outstanding scoring chances. Both chances came from the Sting's side of half as the backfield worked the ball into the midfielders. Georgia and Meg did a brilliant job of moving the ball forward and on the first opportunity Meg fed the ball thru for Lauren. Lauren used her pace to beat her mark but the first touch took the ball wide and cut down her angle and the shot was at the keeper. The second opportunity came just minutes later and this time Meg slotted a ball thru for Caitlin and again the ball was dragged wide and the resulting shot was at the keeper. The Sting though held for the balance of the contest and the missed chances didnt hurt them. The last good scoring opportunity of the game fell to Rav as her thirty yard effort to the left of the keeper was heading far corner but the shot was always rising and was over the bar. Final score DCS Attack 0 - Sting 1. The Sting now prepare for a rare Saturday afternoon contest as they head to Vancouver to face off against a very strong side in a battle of top three teams. 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. 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!!!