2. PROFILE: Frosh Otii is force for UCSB


Bongomin Otii is fast becoming one of the country's most feared strikers in the box.

The freshman scored his fourth goal in four games to help No. 12 Santa Barbara beat Cal Poly, 2-0, Tuesday night in the Big West opener for both teams. He scored twice in his college debut in the Gauchos' 5-0 victory over Akron, then scored in their 1-0 victory over San Diego State. Only a point-blank save by goalie Ryan Burke late in the game kept Otii off the scoreboard in UCSB's lone defeat, a 1-0 loss to Virginia in its second game.

Never heard of Otii? He grew up in Denver to parents who had fled the Ugandan civil war in 1979 and played for Real Colorado in 2005-06. At 6-feet and 205 pounds, Otii gives the physical Gauchos a huge target in the box. He doesn't lack for confidence.

Asked what he brings to the Gaucho program, he responded, "I have the ability to find the net in almost every situation, and I hope to help UCSB win a national championship."

UCSB beat out Stanford, Michigan, Cornell and Cal Davis, among others, for Otii, who is still only 17. He's also shown great promise in the classroom. Otii, who plans on majoring in mechanical engineering,  has as his academic goal to graduate with a GPA above a 3.7. After that? He wants to own an engineering company.
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