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PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Parrissa Eyorokon provided the offense and filled in a void at defensive midfield in Purdue's 1-0 win over Oklahoma.
Parrissa Eyorokon provided the offense and filled in a void at defensive midfield in Purdue's 1-0 win over Oklahoma.

Sept. 9, 2006

Box Score

NORMAN, Okla. - Purdue (5-1-1) tied a program record Friday night with a 1-0 win over Oklahoma. The shutout was the Boilermakers' fifth straight, tying a mark from 2003.

That year, the Boilermakers shut out Arkansas, Illinois State, Evansville, Minnesota and Wisconsin, from Sept. 7 to 21. All of those matches were on the road.

"This was a hard-fought match," said Purdue head coach Rob Klatte. "It's real hard to make a road trip like this when you have played so many games in a short period of time. Some of us are feeling fatigued. But college soccer is all about finding ways to win the close games - and tonight we won."

Junior Parrissa Eyorokon provided the match's lone goal in the 25th minute, scoring from the top of the 18-yard box after receiving a pass from Rebecca Robison from the right side. Robison created a turnover near midfield and sent a diagonal to Eyorokon, who fooled two defenders by blasting the ball with her left foot.

Eyorokon's shot hit the center of the net through a diving Jennifer Nichols.

Shots were few and far between, as both teams combined for 17 shots, but 10 of those attempts were on goal. Lauren Mason made five saves in the winning effort, while Nichols made four stops.

All five of Mason's saves were well earned. In the sixth minute, Mason dove to catch a Tenesha Duncan shot and then made a stop on one knee as the Sooners tried to convert a late first-half corner kick.

Mason stopped Duncan again in the second half, leaving the net to make a save inside the 18-yard line. Mason was helped on the play by defensive back Zarinah Blockton, who used her speed to pressure Duncan.

The key to Purdue's success was its ability to defend set plays. With 12 minutes left in the match, the Boilermakers cleared out back-to-back corner kicks without allowing a single shot; minutes later Kalie Grambeau headed out a free kick taken just outside the six-yard box.



"Our defense was successful because we cut out the through balls and were able to maintain shape," said Klatte. "In addition, Kalie gave us some great plays up front and out wide, and Parrissa was brilliant holding down the defensive midfield position after we had to take out Jordyn (Shaffer)."

Oklahoma believed it tied the game in the 53rd minute after Duncan blasted in a cross from Daphne Fitzpatrick; however the Sooners were called offsides, thus preserving Purdue's shutout and unbeaten streaks.

Purdue's current four-match winning streak and five-match unbeaten streak is its longest since winning five in-a-row from Sept. 30 to Oct. 16, 2005.

Purdue concludes its road trip Sunday with a 10:30 a.m. match at New Mexico. The Boilermakers return home to the Varsity Soccer Complex next weekend to battle Utah and Toledo.