UC Santa Barbara
2005: A team co-captain, Boyden's goal for the season is the lift the trophies [Big West and National Championship]...2004: The Gauchos' outstanding defensive midfielder led the team with 24 starts on the season, missing just one due to an accumulation of yellow cards...Playing in front of the UCSB's back three, his tremendous work rate and his ability to disrupt and stop scoring chances before they began, helped the Gauchos to hold opponents to single-digit shots totals in 13 of the final 15 matches...Earned Second Team All-Big West honors after spearheading a defense that finished third in the nation with a 0.53 goals against average...Netted one goal on the season, tallying the game-winner at UC Riverside...Second among defensemen with four assists on the season, including one game-winner that came in the form of a golden goal to top then top-ranked Indiana 1-0, snapping the Hoosiers' 23-game unbeaten streak...2003: Redshirted his third season at UCSB to rehabilitate an injury...2002: As a defensive midfielder Boyden spent most of his sophomore season marking the opponents' top-offensive player, helping the Gauchos establish one of the top defensive units in the nation...Played in 21 matches, placing fourth amongst returnees...Boyden's lone assist came in UCSB's loss to then-No. 1 ranked Indiana...Was tenth on the team with 11 shots, the most by any defensive player...2001: A member of this season's outstanding freshman class, Boyden finished tied with fellow classmate Drew McAthy as the Gauchos' second highest scorer with four goals on the year...Made six starts in 17 of the matches in which he appeared, including the final three of the season...His best games came on the road, scoring three of his four goals on enemy turf...Among players with more than two shots on goal, Boyden's .308 shot percentage, with 13 shots taken, was the third highest in the Big West...Second on the team in goals scored in conference, as each of the his four were scored in Big West matches.
Boyden attended Davis High School where he played for Ashly Yudin...Two-time All-Delta/Capital Athletic League and All-San Joaquin Section First Team selection...Named the league and section most valuable player following his senior year...Helped his squad to three consecutive sectional titles...Davis compiled an overall record of 80-2-1 while Boyden was with the team, including two undefeated seasons...Scored 21 goals and tallied 15 assists his senior season...Honored in 2000 as a Navy High School All-American...Participated in the Davis High School Student Government.
Played club ball for the San Juan Lightning who won two State Cups and placing third in the national tournament in '00, although Boyden did not play in those tournaments...Member of the Nor-Cal and State ODP Regional squads.
Nathaniel Bostwick Boyden was born on November 27, 1982 in Woodland, CA...Is a Psychology major at UCSB with a double minor in sports management and athletic coaching...His career aspirations are to dedicate his life to something that promotes continual growth as a person and as a professional...Boyden has been recognized as a Big West Scholar Athlete all four of his seasons at UCSB and is a four-time Dean's List honoree...In 2004 he was named the Big West Conference's Scholar Athlete of the Year and was awarded UCSB's prestigious Golden Eagle Award...When not playing soccer he is most likely watching soccer...Roots for the Sacramento Kings...Is a huge fan of cyclist Lance Armstrong...Favorite movie is "Forrest Gump"...Enjoys watching "Jeopardy"...Likes to read "Soccer America" magazine...Favorite book is "The Road Less Travelled"...Always has baby carrots in the refrigerator...His favorite video game is "FIFA 2004"...Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane would be his ultimate teammate...Playing in the 2004 College Cup was his most memorable moment in sports...Would like people to know that "much of my success and unlimited opportunities come from the sacrifice and love of my parents and I thank them for that"...His favorite stadium to play in is without a doubt UCSB's Harder Stadium...Before a game he uses mental imagery to become focused and relaxed...Can best be described as "a common man that is yet uncommon"...Nicknamed "Nasty"...Has an older brother, Ben, and an older sister, Katy...Son of Cary and Suzanne Boyden.
What is it that you bring to the UCSB men's soccer program and what would like to help it accomplish?
"My strength as applied to this team are organization on and of the field, ad ability to teach, and to also help motivate. I hope my experience manifest itself in the perspective and perseverance that will allow us to lift the College Cup."