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Tuesday, April 15
Sting's Heartbreak Kids Come Thru Again



After knocking off the #2 seed in the Coastal Cup Quarter Finals last weekend, things did not get any easier for the Sting as they were up against the #3 seed, the DSC Attack. Over the years these two teams have put in some memorable games and this one would prove no different as the winner would move into the Coastal Cup Final at the end of April. The game had everything you could want in a match as some good soccer was also matched with passion and intensity from both teams. On this day though the Sting's defence did a masterly job of shutting down the Attack to some long range efforts and while the Sting gave away several cheap corners the Attack could not capitalize as the Sting cleared the ball. With both Syd and Kass sitting out thru injury the heavy lifting for the defence was left to Logan, Rav, Taylor, Sami and Mac. Mac in particular had a massive game as her energy level was contagious for the entire Sting squad and several brilliant strong tackles by her kept the Attack at bay. Steph got things moving for the girls as five minutes in a nice carry up the wing and strong shot saw the save well handled by the Attack keeper. The game also had its fair share of physical play and over the course of the game several yellow cards were flashed to both teams by the ref. Allie, from her attacking mid position used some skill and poise on her attempt after stripping the ball off her mark but the shot from twenty five yards out curled around the far post. A few minutes later and the Sting went close again as Steph's long throw in was flicked on by Kylie's header but again the keeper was in the right spot for the save. Halfway thru the first half and the Sting had their best chance on net as Lou's throw picked out Maarja inside the eighteen yard box. A nice turn and shot beat the keeper to the far side of the net but came off the underside of the crossbar and out. Logan rounded things out as her long range free kick almost saw an own goal as the header was flicked on by the Attack defender but the keeper was able to save up high. So the first half finished up with the score being Attack 0 - Sting 0.

The second half of the match lacked some of the quality passing as both teams appeared to be running out of gas. That said the Sting again seemed to have the quality chances with the Attack carrying a little more of the possession. Taylor and Sami got into a nice give and go freeing up Kylie but the resulting shot from the edge of the box was gathered. Sami then linked up with Jamie inside the eighteen with Jamie's flick on not fooling the keeper. Sami then made a brilliant run down the left wing beating her check but instead of cutting in and carrying the ball she let fly with a tight angle shot that the keeper collected. Halfway thru the first and Lou and Allie teamed up on a short corner but Allie's blast from the edge of the box was blocked and cleared. With time winding down the Sting came close off a brilliant cross by Logan which Sami was able to muscle past her mark to get a head on but it lacked power and went right in the keepers arms. So the final whistle sounded and for the second game in a row the Sting were off to overtime. Score at full time Attack 0 - Sting 0.

Overtime didnt solve too much as the closest chance fell to Sting off a corner but the ball was redirected around the near post and out for a goal kick. So once again the Sting were off to penalty kicks and trying to replicate last weekends result. Both teams had some outstanding penalty kicks taken as Rav, Meg, Taylor, Sami and Lou all buried their efforts hard and low into both corners of the net. The Attack were able to do the same but on the fifth and final kick for the Attack, Evalyn made a fine stop and the Sting won the contest 5-4 on penalties and a final official score of DCS Attack 0 - Sting 1.

The Sting are now off to the Coastal Cup Final for the second time in three years and will be facing off against long time rival and unbeaten #1 seed, SFC Pegasus. Regardless of the outcome the Sting have bounced back from a slow start to the season with some impressive soccer since January and the girls are proud to be only one of two girls teams representing DCS in the Coastal Cup final. Good luck ladies in the final and Go Sting!!



Tuesday, April 8
Sting Sail Thru Cup Action



The Sting's quarter final Coastal Cup match saw them having to take the ferry over to Vancouver Island to face off agisnt the Island Champions, UVI Storm. The Storm, having already secured a berth into the Provincial Championships, were the #2 seed in the tournament so the Sting were going to be in tough to get to the semi finals. That said the Sting opened up the brighter of the two teams as they put a lot of pressure in the attacking third of the field trying to find a way thru onto net. Lou, who had a huge first half, got things going as she scampered down the left wing with the ball and crossed to the top of the eighteen for Kylie. A nice layoff by Kylie found Allie but the hard low shot curled wide of the upright. A pretty good battle in the centre of the pitch ensued as both teams were trying to find a way thru but once again the Sting's stellar defence of Logan, Rav, Taylor, Sami and Mac turned away most threats and limited chances to long range efforts which didnt trouble Evalyn. So there was some just rewards in the Sting's work rate as they popped in the games first goal. Lou used her hustle and physical presence to strip the ball off her mark and feed the ball up to Jamie. Jamie held the ball up well and spotted her strike partner, Riley, making a good run. A nice little layoff pass saw Riley's twenty yard effort go top corner and the Sting had the lead. The Storm team had one quality chance on net as their speedy winger let fly with a booming shot but Evalyn, who was a standout, got her full body behind it for the nice save. So the whistle came down on a quality half of soccer by the Sting as they took the lead into the break. Score at the half Storm 0 - Sting 1.

The Sting opened up the second half sitting back a bit and absorbing some pressure from the Storm as they looked for the equalizer. Once again though the Sting did well to limit any quality chances as they kept everything to the outside of the pitch. With the Storm pressing the Sting looked for some quick counter attacks to take advantage. On one of these the Sting earned a free kick at the touchline where Taylor picked out Logan all by herself. The twenty five yard effort was on target but lacked power as the keeper was able to collect. The Sting came close again as Allie's throw in found Meg but the quick turn and shot sailed wide of the post. So with the Sting in the last minute of the match trying to kill the time a quick break stunned them. With the Storm striker carrying the ball a shot from outside the box deflected twice and the ball rolled into the box. Evalyn did well to charge off her line for the sliding take but the Storm striker got her toe on the ball first and it rebounded to a wide open Storm player to slot into the empty net. A tough break for the Sting as the goal came with less than 40 seconds on the clock and was essentially the final play of the half. Score at the end of full time Storm 1 - Sting 1.

The teams then had to endure two ten minute periods of overtime in which neither side really had any quality efforts on goal and as the overtime period ended the game was off to the dreaded penalty kicks.

The Sting won the coin toss and elected to shoot first. Rav made no mistake as her effort went low corner to the keepers right. Storm then scored a nice goal. Meg then stepped up and another unstoppable effort went top corner. The Storm player again scored giving Evalyn no chance. Logan then stepped up but her booming shot went over the bar opening the door for the Storm team. Evalyn quickly closed it though as she was able to tip the shot up onto the crossbar. From there on in the Sting closed it out as Taylor and Syd's efforts both found the back of the net and the Storm's fourth shooter went over the crossbar. So the Sting won the contest 4 - 3 in PK's and a final official score of UVI Storm 1 - Sting 2. The Sting now return back to the friendly confines of Elsom to play what will surely be a classic contest as they take on their sister team, the DCS Attack, on Sunday in the Coastal Cup semi final. Go Sting!!



Wednesday, April 2
Sting Kickoff Coastal Cup Action



The Sting opened up the first round of the 2014 Coastal Cup against West Coast FC at Elsom. The winner of the Cup will get an automatic berth into the Provincial A Cup in July so the stakes are high for all the teams. The first half saw the toll of two weeks of Spring Break taking effect as both teams struggled to find any real form. Even with this though the Sting seemed the brighter of the two teams as the Sting's defense of Logan, Kass, Rav, Sami, Syd and Mac kept the play to the outside and limited any efforts to long range balls in which Evalyn was on the spot to collect. The Sting's first effort came off Logan's deep throw into the middle of the pitch which saw Syd's twenty yard effort collected low by the WC keeper. Lou was then awarded a yellow card as she colided with the keeper on a floated cross and this got a little energy into the game for both teams. Shortly after that Sami's throw in, to the keepers right, picked out Meg and her blast sailed over the bar from the edge of the box. Meg wasnt to be denied on the next effort however. Meg stripped the ball off her mark and ran at the WC defense and laid the ball off to Jamie on the edge of the eighteen. A nifty little flick pass from Jamie sent Meg thru into the box where she slammed the hard low shot in the bottom corner of the net. The final whistle came down on the half and while the Sting had the lead they knew they had not played their best soccer. Score at the half WC 0 - Sting 1.

The second half saw the Sting play much better as their movement off the ball and penetrating passes had the WC backline on their toes. Lou got things moving for the Sting as a nice carry down the left wing saw her feed a thru ball to Jamie. Jamie held the ball well and then laid it off for Sami who's effort from just inside the box was well saved by the WC keeper. A few minutes later and Lou and Jamie paired up on a near identical play but this time it was Kylie who received the layoff pass but her hard low shot found the side netting. A rare WC effort on goal saw a mini break away down the right side but with Rav closing down the angle the shot curled away from net as Ev also had things covered. So with time winding down the Sting secured their berth into the quarter finals of the Cup as Allie fed Kylie a nice thru ball wide to the keepers left and Kylie's rocket went far top corner for the insurance marker. This was basically the last play of the match as the final whistle sounded. Full time score West Coast FC 0 - Sting 2. The Cup draw does not get any easier for the Sting as they will now head to Vancouver Island to play the Island Champions in Nanaimo next weekend. Good luck ladies and Go Sting!!



Friday, March 21
Coastal Cup Action



The official draw for the Coastal Cup is now posted and can be found in the Links section of the Sting website. The Sting have the Group of Death to get thru as their first round match is against old foes West Coast FC. A win there will see them travelling to Vancouver Island the following week against the Island Champions. It will be a tough road to hoe in this winner take all format but the players are up to the challenge. Go Sting!!

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 10
Sting Shorthanded Success



The Sting's last match of the 2013/14 season had them playing against Coquitlam Metro Ford Kaos. Again the snow forced this match to be played a week later and while the Sting were back on grass, a downpour met both teams. On top of that the Sting were forced to play with only nine players for the first half and ten for the second due to scheduling conflicts. The team was totally focused on the challenge though and executed the game plan to perfection with some first class soccer. The Sting kept the centre of the field nice and compact and were looking for outlet passes thru their midfield up to Steph who was the lone striker on this day. Fifteen minutes in and Logan was able to pounce on a loose ball and play a terrific channel pass thru for Steph. Steph used her speed and a nice touch to round the Kaos keeper and slam the ball low and hard for the lead. Ten minutes later and the Sting went close again. A first class free kick by Taylor from twenty five yards out saw the keeper just get her fingertips on the ball and tip it over the crossbar. Off the resulting corner Allie's cross came out the far side to Kylie but the shot was dragged wide of the post. At the other end a couple of long range shots gave Kass no problems as she was filling in for the injured Evalyn. Logan got things going again as she used her strength on the ball to win it and chip a ball forward for Jamie. A nice touch and turn from the top of the six saw the shot gathered low by the keeper. An errant back pass by the Kaos defence to the keeper saw Steph use her speed to pressure the keeper into a poor decision as the ball fell to Allie but the shot fizzed over the crossbar. Steph wasnt done with her hardwork though as this time she managed to strip the ball of the Kaos defender, carry and let fly with a bullet from the top of the eighteen and only a better diving save by the Kaos keeper kept the ball out. Score at the half Kaos 0 - Sting 1.

The second half saw the Sting team starting to tire but they were not about to let this one get away from them. Logan's thirty yard strike to open the half stung the keepers hands. Jamie, who was the link between defence and Steph had a cheeky little chip over the defenders for Meg to run onto. Meg carried the ball wide and then crossed backpost to Steph. Steph had a tough angle but used her strength and patience to wait for support and then played the ball into the six yard box where both Jamie and Lou had shots blocked before the ball went out for a goal kick. Coquitlam then had a good spell of possession as they tried to break down the Sting's defence but they were limited to long range efforts that for the most part were off the mark. So it was some relief when the Sting got the insurance marker. Off of Allie's tremendous corner kick the ball deflected out to Kylie sitting outside the eighteen. A hard left footed shot to the far post saw the keeper get her hands to the ball but it had too much power and dropped into the back of the net. The Sting were then able to see off the rest of the match and kept the fantastic work rate and patience in their game. Final score Coquitlam MF Kaos 0 - Sting 2.

The Sting have now wrapped up league play for the season and will be taking a few weeks off for Spring Break before Coastal Cup play starts at the end of the month. The Sting will be facing West Coast FC in the first round of Cup play. Go Sting!!



Monday, March 10
Sting Meet West Coast



The recent cold snap of late has played havoc with schedules as the Sting met West Coast FC on a Wednesday night match to make up for their snow out from Feb 23. Even on this night while the game started in decent conditions the wind and rain kicked in to make things interesting. The Sting enjoyed a good spell of possession for the first twenty minutes of the match as they hemmed West Coast in the attacking third. The first good chance of the night fell to Allie as her corner kindly fell back to her but the effort slashed over the bar. The Sting have been working on their set pieces to improve their chances and nearly got a beauty off a corner. Allie's cross went back post where Maarja was on the spot with a header. With the ball being headed down, the West Coast player on the back post was able to clear it right off the line to keep things even. A goal was in the wind though and Rav made it happen. Rav, who played a good spell out on the wing, did a briliant job of stripping the ball off her check and carrying it down the touchline. One the other side of the field Lou did a great job of anticipating the cross and getting to the back post where she was able to redirect it into the back of the net for the lead. West Coast though are too good a team to give up and some penetrating passes had the Sting's defence needing to be sharp clearing the ball out. However one thru pass had the West Coast striker in alone and a brilliant diving save by Evalyn to her right saw her palm the ball around the post. Score at the half West Coast 0 - Sting 1.

The second half saw a real battle develop in the centre of the pitch as Meg, Allie and Syd held their own with some strong play. The first good chance of this half also fell to the Sting as Maarja was able to head the ball into Rav's path and the one time shot saw a great save by the West Coast keeper to keep them in it. The Sting were creating havoc with their corners in the game and they came close once more as this time it was Lou who placed a nice corner to Maarja but the redirect was well gathered by the keeper. At the other end a simple play turned bad for the Sting as a pass back to Evalyn saw her injure her thigh on the clearance and Meg was pressed into duty for the last twenty minutes. Meg did a great job however and the defence in front of her really buckled down to help her out. With some good pressure in the West Coast eighteen yard box by the Sting the West Coast defender clearly handled the ball and the Sting had a penalty kick. Syd strode up and buried the ball to the keepers left and she had no chance on the hard low shot. The Sting were able to see the rest of the time out on a well deserved win. Final score West Coast FC 0 - Sting 2. The Sting will now play their final game, another make up match on Saturday against Coquitlam Metro Ford. Go Sting!!



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!!



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!!



Tuesday, July 16
USA Cup Day #3 Sting Dominate and Party



Day #3 of the USA Cup saw tournament action finally begin for the Sting as their morning game pitted them against host city club the Blaine Blaze. With the Minneapolis area currently under an extreme heat warning the 9:45am kick off still had temperatures in the low 90's with the humidity making it feel warmer. That said it was the visiting Canadians who took the game to their opponents with a high work rate and high pressure which frustrated the hosts for most of the game. A set play got things rolling in a positive way as Jamie moved into space for Sami's throw in, took a nice touch and turned to tee the ball up for Mary just on the edge of the box. Mary's shot was going top far corner but just curled away for the goal kick. A few minutes later and this tandem worked up another nice chance as Jamie's flick on sent Mary thru on a mini breakaway but the shot lacked power and the keeper was able to collect. At the other end a rare defensive lapse in the game saw the Blaine striker going hard for a thru ball but Evalyn had none of that as she came out hard and made a brilliant sliding take. The Sting in turn were not going to let up at the other end and were finally rewarded for their hard work. From a foul from twenty five yards out, Syd let fly with a first rate strike that deflected off the Blaine defender and into the net for the go ahead goal. The Sting kept up the pace and another set piece, this time off a corner, had Sami's corner drop into the middle of the six where Lou was on the spot for the header but it just went over the bar. A few minutes later and the Sting had the insurance goal as Mary's hard work paid off with a shot from ten yards out which was blocked but Maarja was on the spot to knock the ball home. Skye and Maarja then got into some nice build up passing with the ball being laid off to Steph but the shot flashed by the upright. Just before half Jamie muscled her check off the ball and teed it up for Steph but the booming shot clattered off the post. Score at the half Blaine 0 - Sting 2.

The Sting started the second half the same as the first half with a lot of energy and playing very strong on and off the ball. This resulted in numerous fouls being judged against the girls but they didn't change their style and it took its toll on the opposition, The first good chance fell to Steph and she made no mistake. A brilliant thru ball by Maarja saw Steph charge hard and not give up on the ball and from a very tight angle she rifled the ball into the far side netting for the Sting's third of the match. This took the wind out of the Blaine team and a few minutes later the Sting had another off a corner. Taylor's corner fell into the middle where Rav knocked it over to Mary and she side footed it into the bottom corner for the goal. Sami then made a brilliant run from her right back position as she beat her check and let fly from twenty yards out but the keeper did well to save. Mary, who ran miles this day, made a first rate sliding tackle deep in the Blaine end of the pitch. She was then able to collect the ball and fire a shot that dented the post but stayed out. The Sting were not to be denied a fifth goal though and Maarja and Skye teamed up with some good passing at the top of the eighteen which eventually saw the ball being slid over to Jamie and she made no mistake as she slotted home just before the final whistle. A great start to the tournament for the players. Final score Blaine Blaze 0 - Sting 5.

After the game was over the Sting met up with a team from Coon Rapids for a jersey swap before coming back to the hotel. A brief lunch was followed by a two hour kayak trip on the Mississippi River. Some great scenery along the way was also met with the usual water fights and several dunkings in the river, especially by a certain Dad (name no names, right Ice!)

After the players got back they got ready to head back to the tournament for dinner and the opening ceremonies of the USA Cup. Pretty cool sight to see as thousands of players from around North America and the rest of the world got together for a fantastic soccer celebration. All in all a great day albeit a full one. Team curfew is in effect as the girls have two games tomorrow and it will be a tough slog in the heat. Go Sting!!



Wednesday, July 17
USA Cup Day #4. Sting Keep Their Cool in the Heat



Day #4 of the USA Cup had the Sting waking up to sweltering temperatures and to top things off the players had two games ahead of them. That said they had a good mindset going into the day and came ready to play.

Game #1 on the day had the Sting playing Kiliix Intra Green. The coaches had some discussions about the patterns of play they would like to see the players employ and from start to finish they were full value. To top things off they also knew their loyal fans back home would be watching as the game was broadcast live. Syd got things moving for the team as her free kick from thirty yards out was flicked on by Jamie and into Mary's path but her shot from the top of the box sailed over the bar. Jamie did some hard work a few minutes later as she batted her check and won a corner. From this corner Sami's first class cross saw the ball handled in the eighteen and the Sting were awarded a penalty kick. Mary made no mistake as she lashed her shot to the bottom left corner and the Sting had the lead. The Sting's high pressure game was causing fits for Kiliix as the Sting attacked down the right side at will and this led to the next Sting goal. Rav made a brilliant run down the right wing and crossed into the eighteen to Maarja. Maarja's deft touch had the keeper going the wrong way and she was able to slot the ball home from the six yard box. With the fans on the sideline running the Canadian flag up and down the touchline with each goal they barely fiished their run before the Sting had their third goal. Jamie did a good job to muscle her check away and then fed a nice thru ball to her strike partner, Maarja. Maarja shot took a tough bounce on the keeper as it spun into the net. Again the Sting's solid defence core of Syd, Sami, Kylie, Taylor and Mac did a tremendous job of turning away any attacks and covering for each other. One long ball did elude them though but once again Evalyn was on the spot for a nice siding take right off the Kiliix strikers toe. Just before the break and the Sting scored their nicest goal of the tournament so far. Off of Kylie's deep throw, Skye was able to chip the ball over the defender for Steph to get a hold of the ball and her rocket from just inside the eighteen went top right corner. Score at the half Kiliix 0 Sting 4.

The second half saw the Sting's top class passing, movement and communication continue as their confidence continued to build. Allie had the first good chance of the half as she carried well and let fly with a shot that just fizzed wide of the upright. Sami then made another one of her deep runs from her left back position. She laid the ball off to Lou who crossed to the far post but it took a deflection off a Kiliix defender for the Sting's fourth of the contest. In short succession Lou could have had a hat trick as first Steph and then Kylie took advantage down the right wing to feed Lou but both resulting shots were well gathered by the keeper. The Sting were also able to introduce Riley was inserted into the game with applause from the team and fans to test out her ankle and while she was able to go for a short period of time she came out to not push things too much. A few minutes from time and the Sting netted their last goal as this time it was Kylie who carried the ball deep down the right side. Her hard low cross found Skye at the back post and she was able to redirect it into the net to round out the scoring. Final score Kiliix Intra Green 0 - Sting 6. While the score line was almost the same as the Sting's game yesterday this effort was more like what the coaches were looking for with some quality soccer being displayed.

Between games the Sting had a few hours to kill so once they had their team pictures taken they were off to take part in several of the tournaments many activities. The parents even got into things as the climbing wall manned by the National Guard troops had a large draw, from the Moms on the team........

Game #2 on the day had the Sting doing a good job controlling the ball against their opponents, NLS Rage, but clearly the heat had had its effect as the players had several chances to score but they went for naught. On top of this the game was red flagged due to extreme heat conditions so the game was split into four quarters with mandatory water breaks. The game had barely begun before the Sting had their first good chance as Rav made a great run down the wing and her shot just flashed by the far post. Shortly after that Allie stripped the ball off her check, carried and let fly with a booming shot but it was blocked by the NLS defender. The blocked shot fell kindly to Jamie though and her effort was well gathered by the keeper up high. Mary then did a great job of shaking her mark before crossing the ball to the back post to a wide open Allie. Allie's redirected effort just rolled by the upright and the Sting were still searching for the go ahead goal. The goal wasn't long in coming though as Mary's nice thru ball to the left wing found Skye beating her check with speed, a nice one touch and shot low to the far corner left the sprawling keeper with no chance. The Stings last good chance came off a twenty five yard free kick from Syd. The ball sailed over the wall and was dropping into the bottom left corner before the keeper dove over to push it around the post. Score at the half Rage 0 - Sting 1.

The second half had no relief from the heat as the Sting were getting gassed. That said they did well to keep any real threats at bay as some good work in the middle third of the field kept the NLS team in check. The Sting's first good chance in the half came off some good interplay with Jamie teeing the ball up for Meg at the top of the eighteen and her hard low shot saw the Rage keeper make a brilliant save. Ten minutes from time and Taylor's free kick found Skye who in turn laid the ball off for Allie but her shot sailed wide of the net. With time winding down Maarja had the last chance on net as she intercepted a stray goal kick, carried into the eighteen and let fly with a nice shot that hit the top side netting. The final whistle sounded on another good effort and the players were more than happy to get back to the hotel so they could cool off in the pool. Final score NLS Rage 0 - Sting 1. The Sting will now finish out the round robin portion of the tournament tomorrow morning against Euro FC. They have also guaranteed a spot for themselves in the top flight group as they can finish no worse than second in their pool. Good luck girls and Go Sting!!



Thursday, July 18
USA Cup Day #5. Sting Battle the Rage



The Sting opened up the last day of round robin action against Euro FC Rage at the USA Cup this morning. Euro FC is a local club that is basically an academy team of sorts and are coached exclusively by paid Brazilian coaches as a club mandate. With that in mind the Sting knew their opponents would be tough to break down and would try to maintain control of the ball and that is exactly what the players encountered. This match would turn into a very physical contest as the Canadian referee let them duke it out. The Sting came in with confidence though and this match would prove to be an entertaining one albeit with a frustrating finish. Some strong control and passing by the Sting to start the game had the Rage on their backheels. Syd started things off as she spied Rav making a great run down the wing and fed her a pass. Rav picked it up in full flight and from the right side of the box let fly with a shot that just curled wide of the far upright. Shortly after that Skye and Jamie teamed up but Jamie shot lacked power and was collected by the keeper. The game started to grind into more physical play and after the Rage player picked up a yellow card for a foul on Syd the Sting came close again. This time it was Mary and Maarja who protected the ball well and played some give and gos with Lou being sprung free but the shot was at the keeper and was stopped. A few minutes later and the Sting had another opportunity on net. Mac, from her stopper position, moved up into the play and stripped the ball off her check and slid a neat pass over to Skye down the left wing. Skye carried well and found Lou with her back to goal at the post. Lou dropped the ball off for Jamie but once again the shot was blasted right at the keeper for the save. At the other end a mini break saw Evalyn make a beautiful sliding save to keep the score sheet clean. The Sting finished the half with one more chance as Mary's free kick to the keepers left found Skye at the far post with a header that went back across the net and into the keepers hands. All in all a very physical and intense half of soccer had the score Rage 0 - Sting 0.

The second half played out much like the first with the Sting pressuring high in the attacking third and the Rage back line keeping their shape very well. With the Rage held without a shot in the first, their only shot of the game found the back of the net. With the Sting holding a high line a massive mistake by the linesman saw the Rage player several yards offside but the play was allowed to continue and Evalyn had no chance on the shot. To their credit the Sting kept pushing for the equalizer and had several chances. One of the best of the half had Skye feeding the ball over to a wide open Rav in the middle of the box, but the miskick went wide of the far post. Shortly after that Steph was issued a yellow card for coming thru the back as the physical play continued. The Sting had several chances to get a shot in as the opportunities were there but the finish lacked any punch. With the Sting outchancing the Rage 6 - 1 in this match, a tie would have been a more fair result but it wasn't to be as the final whistle sounded. Final score Euro FC Rage 1 - Sting 0.

The Sting have now finished second in their group play and have qualified for the A Cup but will be matched up tomorrow against first place Kiliix Intra Yellow. This team is undefeated in league play this season and has only given up two goals and none in this tournament so the Sting will have their hands full in the knockout stage. As an update with the schedule the Sting will need to win each of the next four knockout games to take the A Cup. The players are ready and focused and they will need everything they have to reach their goal.

After the Sting's morning game was over they met up with Lakes United FC to do a jersey swap. The coaches at the Lakes Utd club were so impressed that we wanted to trade jerseys they went out and bought new ones to give to the Sting in a very nice gesture. Some goodwill and more experiences they will remember for sure. From there the players headed out to Bunker Beach Waterpark to enjoy a few hours in the pool and on the slides. Nobody saw Skye's Mom the entire time but word was she was on the lazy river going around and around seeing the lifeguards......... From the water park the Sting came back to the hotel for a bbq dinner before heading back to the tournament for the Athletes Party. So another full day for the players but the real business happens tomorrow with the knockout portion of the event. If the Sting win they will play in the evening and if they lose they are out but will try and pick up a friendly on Saturday. We have a ton of confidence in these players as they have shown some first class skill, effort and work rate in some pretty trying conditions. Go Sting!!



Friday, July 19
USA Cup Day #6. Sting Off to the Quarter Finals



Day four of the USA Cup competition saw the first day of the knockout phase begin for the tournament. The Sting's mid day match was against Kiliix Intra Yellow who are one of the top teams in the Minnesota area with a 14 - 0 record with two goals against all year. The USA Cup round robin also saw them secure top spot in their group with three wins. So while the heat was a little less intense for the match the competition were sure to be tough. That said the Sting's mental toughness and physical style play has been causing fits for the opposition and it continued thru this match as well. From the opening kick off the players had a tremendous work rate and won every loose ball with a first class effort. Within the first few minutes Rav could have had two goals off runs around the edge but her shots found the keepers hands and the side netting in succession. Some hard work in the middle of the field by Mary saw her pass over to Skye who then laid it off to Meg. From just outside the box Meg let a low hard stinger fly that the keeper could not hold and the Sting had the lead. A few minutes later and the Sting doubled their lead as Mary's beautiful thru ball had Rav running onto the ball and her laser of a shot blew past the keeper. The game turned more and more physical as both teams were duking it out all over the field but the Sting stood their ground against some of the older opposition. Kiliix were able to get onto the scoresheet ten minutes from time as a great ball played into the eighteen had the Kiliix's speedy striker pounce on it and with Evalyn charging out it was just out of reach to stop the shot and goal. The Sting didn't wither though and they came close again as this time Mary pounced on a loose ball and from twenty yards out let fly with a shot that rattled the crossbar and stayed out. Just before the break Kiliix caught a break as some communication breakdowns led to a an easy tap in goal and the game was tied. Score at the half Kiliix 2 - Sting 2.

The second half really saw Kiliix pour things on as ten minutes of non stop pressure had the Sting doing a fantastic job of keeping their shape and Evalyn was there to make two fine stops from range. As the half wore on the Sting slowly got a hold of the play and started to take the game to their opponents. Skye and Steph, who ran miles all game long, did a great job of making penetrating runs and keeping the ball in the attacking third. Some good build up passing also saw several attempts at net go long. Allie did a good job on playing Steph thru and with the Kiliix keeper coming out it looked like a goal was in the works but an unkind bounce on the poor grass field fell kindly to the keeper. With ten minutes to go it was looking like this war of a game may be heading to extra time but the Sting came thru. Mary fed the ball up to Jamie at the top of the eighteen. A nice turn saw her beat her check and a second move, to beat the second defender, had her free on net. A nice left footed shot left the keeper no chance and the Sting had the lead. The Sting then really tightened things up and left the Kiliix team with no room to get close to getting the tying goal. The final whistle sounded on a fantastic game and the Sting are now off to the Quarter final match tonight at 7:00pm against the Minnesota Thunder Academy team. Another tough match on the horizon but the players are currently having their pre game meal and resting up for the second match of the day. Go Sting!!



Friday, July 19
USA Cup Day #6, Part Deux. Sting Roll Into the Semi Finals



The Sting entered their Quarter Final match up against the Minnesota Thunder Academy team. After an all out war in their earlier contest this match started very slowly and was a most lacklustre affair. It was about fifteen minutes gone before the Sting had their first chance to score. Off of Sami's corner went to the middle of the six yard box Mary rose the highest to get a head on it but it skimmed by the far post. Mary was also able to muscle her check off the ball a few minutes later but her effort from 25 yards out was well gathered. The Sting were trying to find some time and space to work with but they were having trouble getting into sync in this match. Fifteen minutes in and Sami, who had a very solid match, saw her corner kick come back out to her with a different angle on net and the resulting shot that was headed top corner was batted away by the keeper. With Riley entering the match for the third consecutive time, after her ankle injury, she was able to test her foot out with a hard shot that sailed over the bar. It is great to see her out there after a tough injury at the start of the tournament. It was totally against any flow of play but the Academy team were able to notch a goal after a tough bounce dropped at their strikers foot and a diving effort by Evalyn saw her almost get her fingers on it but the Academy team had the lead. This Sting team just doesn't hang its head though and a few minutes later they were on level terms. A splendid run down the right touchline by Ravsaw the hard low cross be redirected into the net by Lou, who did a great job in getting position on the defender. Riley almost had a goal of her own off a similar play but this time the ball rolled wide of the post. The halftime whistle sounded with the score being Thunder 1 - Sting 1.

The second half was much like the first as the pace of the game got slower but the Sting were clearly in charge. Riley got things moving as she sprung Lou down the left side a nice carry saw Lou best her check but the hard shot found the side of the net. Meg then got into the action as she skipped by a few checks as she carried into the box but her shot was well saved from ten yards out. So with time winding down it appeared that this game may go to extra time but in almost a mirror image from the morning game the Sting came thru. Mary fed the ball up to Maarja who turned her check inside out and she had a small breakaway where she made no mistake as she slotted home the ball. The Sting then did a great job of keeping possession and killing off the remaining few minutes of the match. Final score Minnesota Thunder Academy 1 - Sting 2. After the match the Sting came straight back to the hotel, had a post game snack and had an early curfew as their semi final match is at 7:00am tomorrow morning. On the bus ride back to the hotel designated team cheerleader, Trevor, waived his pom poms and got them all pumped up for tomorrow. It wasn't all good news though as it appears Rav's tournament may be over after re-aggravating a knock from the morning game on her ankle. Go Sting!!

 



Saturday, July 20
USA Cup Day #7. Sting Work Their Way Into the Championship Match



After two matches yesterday in the knockout stage, the Sting had a short turnaround from their match last night with a 7:00am Semi Final contest today against the Eden Prairie Inferno. The first half of the match saw some back and forth play to it as both teams matched up very well so there was little in the way of clear cut chances as both teams tried to break each others defense down. The Inferno had the first best first chance as Ev made one of several sliding saves to keep the opposition at bay. For the Sting the defensive core of Syd, Kylie, Sami, Mac and Taylor did a tremendous job of keeping this tight in their own end. The Sting's only real clear cut chance of the half saw Sami put a thru ball up to Maarja but the resulting shot found the side netting. So the first half came to an end with both sides looking for a way to push thru for the opening goal. Score at the half Inferno 0 - Sting 0.

The first ten minutes of the second half played out much like the first with some tight checking al over the field. The Sting got things moving first though as Steph latched onto to a loose ball outside the eighteen to the keepers right. A nice first touch set up a stinging shot that the Inferno keeper got her hands too but it had too much pace and found the far top corner. The Sting had the bit between their teeth now as the game slowly started to turn in their favour with some good movement and passing. The Sting's next chance came from Sami, who had a brilliant game at left back. Sami's corner found Jamie but the shot was just turned past the post. Mary and Jamie then teamed up with some good combo passing as Jamie teed the ball up for Riley's shot that clattered off the post and back out. With the pressure coming an insurance goal was in the works and some nice passing saw it come off. Five neat passes eventually saw Lou play the ball back out to Sami and from twenty five yards out her booming shot took a deflection and gave the keeper no chance. At the other end the Inferno did not give up and their speedy striker was able to sneak past for a breakaway to Evalyn's left. From the edge of the eighteen the striker let go with a stinging shot but Evalyn was in her zone as she was able to tip it over the bar with her fingertips. From there the Sting controlled play and kept it in the attacking third of the field. Maarja set up the ball for Mary but the hard shot from outside the box was ust dragged wide of the post. Meg and Sami then had some good combo play with Sami's shot just drifting wide. The Sting were able to kill the final few minutes and the final whistle sounded on a very tough match. Final score Eden Prairie Inferno 0 - Sting 2. The Sting are off to the Championship match against the Northern Lights Soccer Club and how fitting is that it will be played on field C2, C for Canada, at 3:00pm. The fields are identified here by number and letter and each letter is for a country. Good luck ladies and Go Sting!!



Saturday, July 20
Delta Coastal Sting Are The USA Cup Champions!!



What can we say about this special group of players but WOW! The Sting's eighth match in five hot humid days had them in the Championship final against the Northern Lights Thunderbolts. After a rousing cheering session on the charter bus out to the field by the parents, the Sting got down to business in their warm ups for the match. Adding to the flavour of the match were more of the international refs from the U.K., Jamaica and Canada. The players were knicked up and bruised after a gruelling schedule but they were not going to let this opportunity get away and from the opening whistle to the final one they played like the team we know they are.

Syd got things moving for the team as her free kick, from the middle of the pitch, found Mary on the touchline. A nice cross to the back post had Jamie redirect it but it just rolled wide of the post. For the next fifteen minutes the battle to control and find some penetration thru each others defence continued as each team tried to break down the others backline. The Sting were the first to succeed in this as Steph was able to turn on a pass and made a brilliant run to the edge the eighteen. Her low booming shot slid under the keeper and the Sting had a lead they would never give up. A few minutes later and the Sting nearly had another as a brilliant run deep into the Thunderbolts end by Lou had her hold up the ball and backpass to Mary on the right touchline. A top class cross to the far post had Skye's glancing header just fizz by the upright. Mac then picked up Mary's throw in and placed a pretty pass along the top of the eighteen but Allie's one timer was blasted over the bar. Just before the break Meg and Allie got into a nice give and go but Allie's resulting effort on goal was well gathered by the keeper. Score at the half Thunderbolts 0 - Sting 1.

The Sting opened the second half not happy with only having the one goal and some better passing was in order and the players brought it to their opposition. Within the first five minutes the Sting were on the board again. A loose ball just outside the six yard box was latched onto by Steph but the shot was well blocked. However Allie was on the spot to collect the rebound and slot home the insurance marker. The Sting were not finished however and were able to add another goal to tip the scales once and for all. From a cross to the back post Skye was able to head the ball back across the goal where Lou took a deft touch to flatten the ball out and prod it home. Ten minutes from time and the Thunderbolts had a free kick just to Evalyn's left. A nice cross in and an even better header saw Evalyn make a good adjustment and take the ball clean in the air. The Championship match would not be complete if the entire team did not participate. With the game out of reach Rav limped onto the field and while her instructions were to walk around and just be part of the game, of course she couldn't resist and made one of her famous outside inside runs and fired the ball hard and low into the side netting. What a kid! The final whistle sounded on a tremendous week of soccer as the Sting are now the 2013 USA Cup Champions. Final score Northern Lights Thunderbolts 0 - Sting 3.

A lot of tears from the parents all around as well as a big emotional moment for Skye as this is her last game as a Sting player and what a way to go and she will be sorely missed by all. Our outstanding keeper, Evalyn, was in her zone all week and totally focused on what she needed to do to help her team out. Our amazing defensive grouping of Mac, Sami, Syd, Taylor and Kylie slogged thru some harsh conditions with out too much of a break and covered for each other all over the pitch. Our midfielders were over and above as they all ran miles up and down the pitch in conditions that made you sweat watching them. Meg, Lou, Mary, Allie, Rav and Skye you ladies are truly amazing. Finally our strike team of Steph, Riley, Maarja and Jamie what can we say about you ladies. You had to battle hard for every inch of turf and took your chances on net with great success. A week long event that we all hope will hold amazing memories for players and parents alike such as the opening ceremonies, new friendships, some great soccer, meeting people from around the world and the topping of being crowned the 2013 Champions. Way to go ladies and for one last time from Minneapolis, 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.



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

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!!!

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!!!