Oct. 10, 2010
RADFORD, Va.- The Chanticleers fell to Radford 2-0 in a physical match in front of 365 fans at Daniel D. Cupp Memorial Stadium in Radford, Va.
The setback drops the Chants to 6-7 (2-2, Big South) on the season.
Radford (9-4-1, 3-0-1 Big South) netted the eventual game winner off the foot of Krissia Vasquez at the 65:55 mark of the match. Radford's Sahar Aflaki stole a wayward pass near the Coastal box and fed Vasqez who fired the shot inside the near post past a diving Jessica Barton.
Aflaki tacked on an insurance goal with 1:40 remaining to seal the victory for the Highlanders.
Coastal maintained steady offensive pressure on the Radford defensive back line throughout the contest, but were unable to convert on any opportunities. The Chants made the Radford keeper work as the team fired four shots in the final eight minutes, including a shot from Anna Tupy to tie the game that sailed just slightly high over the crossbar.
The Chants attempted 13 shots, six on goal, on the day and tallied four corner kicks.
The Chanticleer defense came through big in the first half of the contest not allowing the high octane Radford offense to score despite taking nine shots in the frame. Coastal sophomore Cami Skladany made her presence know in the half as she was able to block a shot taken by Radford's Mary Wiley on an open net in the 28th minute to preserve the 0-0 tie going into the locker room. Goal keeper Barton collected three saves in the half.
Barton finished with a career high eight saves, upping her season total to 44, while facing 18 Highlander shots in the contest.
The Chants return home to start a three game homestand starting Wednesday, Oct. 13 as Francis Marion comes to the Coastal Carolina Soccer Field. Kick off for the contest is slated for 6:30 p.m.