18 - David Opoku
David Opoku
Born: 01/31/1992
Height: 6-2
Weight: 180
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Accra, Ghana
High School: Achimota HS
Position: Forward

UC SANTA BARBARA
2011:
Played in 23 games for the Gauchos…Was tied for second on the team with 20 points (nine goals, two assists)…The forward was named to Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Week, the College Soccer News National Team of the Week, was named SoccerSavings.com/LA Soccer News Men's College Player of the Week and was selected as the UCSBgauchos.com Gaucho of the Week after he scored twice to lead the Gauchos to its 3-1 win over Seattle University (Aug. 27) in the season-opener…Tallied a team-leading four game-winning goals…Inked his first professional contract with Myllkosken Pallo (MYPA) of the Premier Division. 

2010 BIG WEST FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
2010 BIG WEST SECOND TEAM
2010: Played in 21 matches, started 14 for the Gauchos…Was second on the team with 17 points (six goals, five assists)…Scored first two goals of the season in consecutive wins over Harvard (Sept. 17) and Buffalo (Sept. 19), earning him Lobo Classic All-Tournament Team honors…Scored in the game-winner in the following game against UCLA (Sept. 24), which was named the L.A. Soccer News Goal of the Week…He also earned consecutive Big West Offensive Player of the Week accolades on Sept. 20 and Sept. 27…Dished out a pair of assists in wild 4-3 win at UC Riverside (Oct. 17)…Second game-winner was against Cal State Northridge (Oct. 23)…Posted a goal and an assist in the Big West Semifinal game against Cal Poly (Nov. 10)…Ranked fifth in the Big West for points (17), points per game (0.81) and goals (6)…Was eighth in the Big West for goals per game (0.29), seventh for assists (5)…Named to the Soccer America and College Soccer News All-Freshmen Second Teams.

HIGH SCHOOL
Served as a team captain at Achimota High School...Led his house team to victory in Inter-House competition...Was named the 2009 Sportsman of the Year, which he names as his most memorable athletic achievement...Was also a standout on the track, setting school records in the 100 and 200 meter events...Played basketball, hockey and cricket as well.

PERSONAL
David Osei Opoku was born on January 31, 1992 in Accra, Ghana...Parents are Beatrice Ofosua and William Opoku...Has two siblings, Anita Danso and William Danso...Has yet to declare a major at UCSB, but aspires to pursue a career in professional soccer or psychology...When he is not playing soccer, he is likely listening to music...Can't do without his Bible...Before a game, he sings African songs...Can best be described as "friendly"...Would like people to know that with God, everything is possible...Would love to play on the same pitch as Lionel Messi...Cheers for Manchester United and his favorite athlete is Didier Drogba..."The Devine Revelation of Hell" is his favorite book.


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