Sophomore forward Olivia Stander and junior forward Laura Heyboer led the MSU women’s soccer team to a 2-0 win over Indiana on Friday at DeMartin Stadium at Old College Field.
The Spartans (6-3-1) recorded their seventh shutout of the season against the Hoosiers (4-7-1) en route to their first Big Ten victory.
Stander had an outstanding header that froze the Hoosiers’ goalkeeper, who could only watch the ball strike the back of the net in the 22nd minute. Freshman Annie Steinlage assisted the play, getting open off a pass from Megan Pines and crossing the ball into the box.
Stander’s goal was only to be outdone Heyboer seven minutes later. Stander delivered a cross from the just outside the center of the goal box that lingered in the air long enough for Heyboer to square up, jump back and deliver an amazing bicycle kick.
“That’s something I’ve never practiced, I’ve never even really imagined something like that happening in a game,” Heyboer said. “I’ve seen players do it on TV, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity, so I went for it.”
Heyboer holds fourth place on the Spartans all-time scoring list with 35 goals. The two-time All-American said goal No. 35 will always be remembered.
“That was probably one of the most exciting goal I’ve scored,” she said. “I just got chills afterward. But I can’t do anything without my teammates and the crowd cheering us on and my faith. I can’t do anything without God. Without all of those things it wouldn’t be possible.”
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