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Big crowds, fun times and excitement are common themes on Game Day at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. The ‘home field advantage’ has played a big part in Sun Devil Soccer’s success in recent years. Under head coach Kevin Boyd, the Sun Devils are 22-7-2 in non-conference regular season games. Only three non-conference foes have scored more than one goal in those 31 games.
"I think we play an exciting, high-quality brand of soccer, which fans and families enjoy coming out to watch," said Boyd. "The support of our fans has played a big role in our success at home during my time here."
In 2014, the Sun Devils set the single-game school record for attendance when 2,067 fans came out to show their support for the team in a 4-2 win over Northern Arizona in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
At the end of every home game, fans get the opportunity to interact with the team during the post-game autograph session.
Every October the program hosts an annual ‘Pink Out’ game in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Despite being a relatively young program (1996 was Sun Devil Soccer’s first season), which plays in arguably the best soccer conference in the country, the Pac-12, Sun Devil Soccer has made a name for itself with its on-field success.
The program has advanced to the NCAA Tournament seven times with four of those appearances coming in the last six seasons under current head coach Kevin Boyd.
Helping ignite ASU’s current run of success were defender Liz Harkin (2006-09), forward Karin Volpe (2007-10) and midfielder Alexandra Elston (2007-10).
Volple (28 goals – sixth all-time) and Elston (18 goals – 11th all-time) combined for 46 goals in four years. Included among those 46 goals were 21 game-winning goals (Volpe 13/second all-time and Elston 8/sixth all-time).
Along with LePeilbet, Harkin is one of program’s all-time top defenders. A starter in 78 of 79 career games, Harkin was named first-team All-Pac-10 in 2008 and 2009. She earned a spot on the USA’s U-20 National Team, which won a gold medal at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. At the conclusion of her career, Harkin was awarded the 2009-10 Pacific-10 Tom Hansen Conference Medal of Honor, given annually to each member institution’s outstanding senior male and senior female student-athlete based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.