PORTLAND, Ore. - Lewis & Clark women's soccer head coach Jim Tursi won his 300th career game on Saturday afternoon in Northwest Conference action, as the Pioneers defeated the Pacific Boxers 4-3 in double-overtime.
Prior to Lewis & Clark, Tursi spent three seasons as the head coach of the University of Portland before heading to Willamette where he was with the Bearcats for 15 seasons. In his time at Portland he helped the Pilots to 35 wins, while winning 237 games with the Bearcats. In his fifth season as the Pioneers head coach Tursi has led the team to 28 victories. The Pioneer skipper is now 300-118-40 in his career. Tursi is the 10th winningest Division III women's coach of all-time.
After the first half of action it looked like the game was going to end in the Boxers favor with two goals right before the half. Kathleen McIntyre got things going in the 42nd minute on a header that skipped past Pioneer goalkeeper Geena Fong. Just three minutes later the Boxers would once again find the back of the net, this time with a shot taken by Sydney Virgen right outside the 18.
Trailing 2-0 heading into the second half, the Pioneers found their rhythm dominating possession. Megan Ratfield cut the Boxer lead in half in the 49th minute on a back post header. The goal came on a cross from Annelise Coxeff on the right side of the field that found Ratfield streaking through the box.
Emily Thompson tied things up in the 58th minute with Coxeff picking up her second assist of the day. Coxeff flicked the ball onto the foot of Thompson who fired the ball past the Pacific goalkeeper from outside the 18-yard box.
Lewis & Clark momentarily took the lead in the 82nd minute on an Anna Thorndike goal. Thorndike scored after collecting the ball on a Ratfield corner, taking a right footed shot and placing into the right corner of the net.
Pacific tied things at three all seconds later on another McIntyre goal.
Despite having their chances, neither side would score in the first overtime period, sending the game into double-overtime.
In the final overtime period it took just one minute a minute and 12 seconds for the Pioneers to put the game away. Thorndike ended things with a well placed chip over the keeper from the top center of the 18, for her second goal of the day.
Lewis & Clark returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 12 p.m. at Griswold Stadium against George Fox.