CofC, now 4-5-0, was outshot for only the third time on the season and was pegged with the loss after falling behind 3-0 in the early stages. The Cougars would take one goal back before halftime but the comeback effort would be thwarted as the second half yielded no goals.
The Chanticleers came out with an electric first half in which they outshot the Cougars, 12-3, and produced three corner-kick opportunities without surrendering one to CofC.
CCU opened the scoring in the 21st minute when Tevin Skyers was able to chip the ball home from seven yards away.
Just over two minutes later, the Chants padded their lead when Henrik Robstad found enough space to pull off a shot from the left flank and drove the ball home from 16 yards away.
CCU further insured its lead in the 42nd minute when Justin Portillo sent a free kick into the box where Pedro Rebeiro slowed it down for Uzo Uchenna who managed to score from just three yards away.
The Cougars narrowed the deficit just over a minute later when Sam Redmond (Asheville, N.C.) played a through ball to Luke Huggett (Brighton, England) who scored from five yards away to cut the score to 3-1.
The Cougars had a better showing in an extremely physical and choppy second half but were unable to find the net and ultimately suffered the loss.
CofC will have short time to recover from the loss as they must prepare to host No. 1 Maryland on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Patriots Point. The Cougars and nationally top-ranked Terrapins will kickoff at 7 p.m.