The Coastal Carolina (7-4, 1-3 Big South) for the second time this season are in the middle of a two-game losing streak as it lost its third conference game of the season, this time at the hands of Radford University (3-3-3 1-2-1 Big South) on Wednesday evening, Oct. 6, in Radford, Va.
Coastal, again were facing an early deficit (15:50) when the Highlanders junior forward Patrick Colas took the feed from freshman midfielder Armando Romero and beat the Chanticleers freshman goalkeeper Aaron Weant (Morrisville, N.C.-Green Hope) on a blast from the top of the goal box.
CCU would tie the game shortly before the half (43:16), when senior midfielder Mubarike Chisoni (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe-Chegtu (Lindsey Wilson)) beat the RU goalkeeper Omar Zinoveev on a one-timer to tie game at 1-1.
The game would remain tied at one until early in the second half (67:34), when Radford sophomore defender Jonathan Smith headed a ball past Weant off the pass from Romain Maudire to give Radford a 2-1 lead, and what would prove to be the final tally of the evening.
The Chanticleers outshot the the Highlanders 23-16, including 13 shots on goal to Radfords 10. The Chants also held a sizable corner kick advantage at 12-2, but in the end could not tally the game tying goal.
Other Chants to have notable performances, include senior Boyzzz Khumalo (Soweto, South Africa-Bethlehem (Lindsey Wilson)) who totaled six shots including four on goal. Chisoni put three of his six shots on goal and senior midfielder Randy Owen (Columbia, S.C.-Irmo (Francis-Marion)) had four shots on the evening with half of them being on goal.
The win by Radford makes the all-time series between the two teams a virtual tie at 9-9-1.This is the first time since the 2000 season that Coastal has lost three conference games in the same season and the first time since that same season that CCU has lost to Radford.
CCU will next take the pitch on Tuesday, Oct. 12, as they welcome in Wake Forest University to CCU Soccer Stadium for a 7 p.m. match.