The Chanticleers (9-7-2) move on to the semifinal round for the first time since 1995, when they captured the tournament title. All-Big South player Joseph Ngwenya scored in the 24th minute for the only goal of the game. Ngwenya played a give-and-go with Mike Littlefield and slipped the ball by Highlander keeper Harper Thronsen, who ended the match with nine saves.
Coastal Carolina outshot the Highlanders 17-7. Radford (4-14) had won the last two Big South tournament titles, but with the loss today a new champion will be crowned in Sunday's championship game.
In the semi-finals on Friday, Coastal Carolina will face High Point at 3 p.m. The eighth-seeded Panthers advanced with a 2-0 win over the tourney's top seed UNC Asheville earlier in the day.