Zivana Labovic decisive against Indiana


MSU defender Zivana Labovic attempts to regain possession in the Spartans’ 1-0 loss to Wisconsin on Sept. 24, 2021/ Photo Credit: Sarah Smith/WDBM

Jay DeCoster, Soccer Beat Reporter

EAST LANSING – Michigan State women’s soccer continued their impressive run on Thursday night with a 1-0 win over the Indiana Hoosiers at DeMartin Stadium. Thursday’s success made it five straight wins for the Spartans, making it 6-0-1 on the season in Big Ten play.

Zivana Labovic’s first-half goal proved to be the game-winner. Labovic’s goal was her second of the season.

“It feels phenomenal”, Zivana Labovic said. “We’ve been talking about how badly we need this win. We still have to keep it going and the job is not done.” 

The Spartans opened up the first five minutes of the contest on fire, logging the first shot in three minutes and dominating possession. Zivana Labovic’s header would find the back-right corner of the net. Senior forward Lauren DeBeau claimed the assist. 

MSU had a 15-4 shot margin and 6-3 in shots on goal. 

Both teams played a physical and defensive style game in the second half, led by senior goalkeeper Lauren Kozal, who recorded her eighth shutout of the season, including two big saves late in the contest. 

“It wasn’t pretty all the time. We relinquished some chances late, but it’s a game where Lauren Kozal showed up and showed why I think she’s the best goalkeeper in the country,” head coach Jeff Hosler said.

“Northwestern is an incredible side, really in all facets. It’s going to be a really interesting match because the styles are so similar.” 

No. 15 Michigan State will travel to Evanston for a top 15 matchup against Northwestern on Sunday, Oct. 16. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.