18 Elia Boggia
18 Elia Boggia
Height: 6-3
Weight: 185
Year: Junior
Hometown: Milan, Italy
High School: The American School
Position: Defender
UC Santa Barbara
His personal goal for the season is to "demonstrate to UCSB what [he] is really capable of on the field".

Started his club career with R.K. Goliardica from '95 to '98...Spent five seasons with Nuevo Calico Milano 3, captaining the team from '01 to '03...Helped Nuevo Calico to a Milan Provincial Championship in 2000

High School
Attended The American School of Milan high school...Netted five goals his junior season from the backline, helping the Panthers to the ASIL Italian League title and a DODDS European Championship for the first time in school history...Regards winning the European Championship as his most memorable moment in sports...Also named all-league and All-European Tournament as a junior...Helped guide the Panthers to a second place league finish as a junior...Academically he was a member of the National Honor Society, a Harvard Book award-winner, and the recipient of his school most outstanding student award in World History...Also played basketball for ASM, earning team MVP and all-conference honorable mention honors as a senior.

Elia Giacomo Boggia was born June 27, 1985 in Milan, Italy...Enters UCSB as a Political Science major...When not playing soccer he enjoys meeting new people...He cannot do without Italian Iced Tea...Is a huge fan of AC Milan...His favorite athletes are Maldini and Tracy McGrady...Enjoys watching the TV show "Southpark" and the movies "L'Ultimo Bacio" and "Dude, Where's My Car?"...Likes to read the book "Jack Frusciante e Uscito dal Gruppo"...Would like to play a match against UCLA or Stanford...Before every match he relaxes deeply...Wants people to know that "Yes, [he] did every pasta every day in Italy"...Has one younger brother Tommaso...Son of Raimondo Boggia and Nilde Rivosecchi.

What does being a member of the UCSB men's soccer team mean to you?
"Being a member of this team makes me extremely happy, but it puts more responsibility on my shoulders. It means a great deal to me, as I can play on an amazing team in a great conference. I know that I will totally dedicate myself to the program. As for a guy like me, being on a great, serious, determined team is all I can ask for."