Sept. 14, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
By David Brienza
Purdue sports information student assistant
No. 22 Purdue won its fifth-straight game Friday, defeating the Morehead State Eagles 3-0 at the Varsity Soccer Complex. The Boilermakers received two goals from senior forward Parrissa Eyorokon and one from midfielder Shauna Stapleton, who tied Purdue's consecutive-game goal-scoring record.
The victory improved Purdue's overall record to 5-1-1 while Morehead State dropped to 1-2.
Eyorokon got things started for the Boilermakers in the 11th minute, scoring on a breakaway down the middle of the field that proved to be the game-winner.
After taking a pass from junior forward Jessica Okoroafo at the top of the 18 yard box, Eyorokon fended off a Morehead State defender and slipped a shot past Eagle goalkeeper Leslie King from eight yards out.
Purdue's second goal was a beautifully placed 25-yard right-footed strike that Stapleton, this week's NSCAA National Player of the Week, sent into the top corner. Okoroafo was credited with her second assist of the game on Stapleton's historic goal.
Stapleton's score was her fourth in as many games, which tied a program record originally set by Jennie Moppert in 2000. Only a freshman, Moppert netted goals in four-consecutive matches against Illinois State, West Virginia, Valparaiso and Nebraska.
Stapleton's goal also served as the 300th in program history and gave her first place among the Big Ten scoring leaders with 12 points. The Springfield, Ohio, native is the first conference player this season to break the double-digit point barrier.
Morehead State put a scare into the crowd in the 40th minute as Jenny Bradfisch
experienced some trouble handling a Hillary Johnson shot taken from 40 yards deep. Bradfisch blocked Johnson's shot a step ahead of the goalline but couldn't maintain her grip as the ball rolled down to the ground. Luckily, the ball did not escape Bradfisch's reach and she was able to recover it in time to preserve the Boilermakers' third-consecutive shutout.
The defense also was bolstered by the return of Zarinah Blockton, who helped limit the Eagles to only two shots on goal. A majority of Morehead State's 11 shots were taken from well outside the 18 yard box.
Klatte was satisfied with the result, but thinks the team needs to ramp up its level of intensity.
"Morehead State gave us an intense battle and never took its foot off the pedal," said Klatte. "And although we scored and didn't allow them many dangerous opportunities, we have to do a better job of dictating the game's pace - that's our responsibility. From top to bottom in this lineup, we all have to find another gear and play to a higher standard for all 90 minutes."
Purdue scored their third and final goal off of a corner kick taken by Eyorokon 13 minutes into the second half. Eyorokon hooked her corner kick from the right side directly into the net for her third score of the season.
The Boilermakers utilized their depth following Eyorokon's insurance goal. A total of 22 players were able to split minutes.
"It's essential to receive quality minutes from various players, all of who bring a range of strengths to the field," said Klatte. "(Kate) Mills and (Amy) Burrell did a great job of defending up top along with (Katie) Seeger. They did a good job staying on the same page considering they haven't trained much or at all together."
Purdue next faces Bowling Green State University Sunday at 1 p.m. for game three of its seven-match homestand.
Sunday's match has been designated as "Salute Our Heroes Day" at the Varsity Soccer Complex. Admission prices are $5 for adults and $2 for students; however, free admission will be given to anyone who donates a soccer ball or shows a Military ID/proof of service.
The donated soccer balls are being collected for Operation Soccer Chopper, which drops all sorts of volleyballs and soccer balls to the children of Afghanistan.
Mini-American flags will be distributed to all in attendance.
The Boilermakers' game-worn red, white and blue uniforms will be auctioned off following the match. Proceeds raised from the auction will be donated to the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, which is a non-partisan 501(c) (3) organization committed to helping wounded and disabled War on Terror veterans rebuild their lives and homes.
Purdue ROTC will have their color guard present for the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. The national anthem will be followed by a moment of silence and the playing of Taps.
Parrissa Eyorokon's two-goal game was the second of her career; she last scored two in a match against Utah on Sept. 15, 2006 ... there have been 25 two-goal games in Purdue history ... Jessica Okoroafo posted the first multi-assist game of her career; she is the 15th player in Boilermaker history to accomplish this feat ... no Purdue player has ever dished out three assists in a game ... Carianne Betts played a season high 11:31 in goal ... freshman Jessica Stellhorn started her first game at defensive midfield ... Zarinah Blockton returned to the field and started at center back following a one-game suspension for being red carded vs. Portland.