Radford snaps Lady Chants’ hot streak with 2-0 victory

The Coastal Carolina women’s soccer team fell to first-place Radford 2-0 in Big South Conference play Thursday night at Cupp Stadium.

The loss snaps a two-game win streak for the Chanticleers, who dropped to 5-7-0 overall and 2-3-0 in the Big South. Radford has won four straight games, improving to 4-0-1 in the league and 8-2-1 overall.

The defending conference champion Highlanders scored both of their goals in the second half to extend their unbeaten streak to eight contests. Julie Ruh’e broke the scoreless tie less than two minutes into the half with an unassisted tally, her fourth of the season. Ruh’e put in a low shot from 20 yards out off the hands of Coastal junior goalkeeper Megan Spencer.

The Chants tried to answer back following the goal, getting off four shots of their own over an 11-minute span. However, three were off the mark and Radford goalkeeper Che’ Brown made a stop on a attempt by sophomore forward Kacey Kelley.

The Highlanders then regained control and drew a pair of corner kicks, with Kara Nay scoring shortly after the second one for the two-goal lead in the 80th minute.

Radford finished with a 15-12 advantage in shots, while Coastal had a 6-5 edge in attempts on goal. The Highlanders totaled eight corner kicks compared to four of the Chanticleers.

Spencer made two stops in just over 80 minutes of play before freshman Faith Farley recorded her first career save off the bench. Kelley led the Chants with four shots, two of them on goal.

Coastal plays the second of three straight road games Saturday at VMI, with kickoff set for 11 a.m.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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