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Men's Soccer - Thu, Jun. 15, 2017
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(June 15, 2017 - Howell, Mich.) -- Mattia Moggia's path from high school soccer to college was much shorter than his voyage from junior to senior during his prep career. Moggia played his senior season at Brighton High School, just minutes from the campus of Cleary University, where he signed to play his collegiate career recently. 

However, Brighton was a mere pit stop for Moggia as he originally hails from Genoa, Italy and only came to the United States as part of the foreign exchange student program. As luck would have it, Moggia ended up in Brighton where Cleary coach Samir Rada was able to see him action and offer him a scholarship. 

Prior to Brighton High School, where the Bulldogs were undefeated in the regular season in his lone season, Moggia played five years for Sestrese, a club program in his native Italty. 

In addition to his abilities on the pitch where he was named a Scholar Athlete, Moggia was honored likewise as a member of the Bulldog skiing team. Brighton won both their district and regional and finished fifth in the state for skiing, which features slalom and giant slalom races. 

"I wanted to come to the United States because my father used to live in the US and I wanted to improve my English," Moggia said. "I wanted to be on my own and learn new experiences."

Moggia, who was asked to practice with the Cleary squad by Rada, enjoyed the opportunity and wanted to continue his career as a Cougar.

"He is a very strong defensive player and very offensive minded," said Rada. "Technically, he is very clean and he likes to adventure forward. The most important thing, he is a hard worker and demands the same from his teammates."

Moggia, an Accounting and Finance major, is the son of Rossella Rizzolo and Pierangelo Moggia. He has a step-sister, Marta, who is 10-years-old.