Gerard Barbero III
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Gerard Barbero III

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Marietta, Ga.

High School:
Lassiter High

Height:
5-9

Position:
Midfielder

At Missouri State: Barbero looks to continue to be an important figure in the midfield for the Bears' this season.

2010: Barbero had a very productive season for Bears in the 2010 season on the way to earning his third letter. He started in all 18 matches for Bears in midfield. Barbero was second on the team in goals, assists, and points. During the first game of the season against Southern Methodist (9/1), Barbero recorded his first assist of the season to Heath Melugin. He received his second assist of the season against Green Bay (9/10). Barbero recorded his first goal of the season against IUPUI (9/12). He scored the game winning free kick in the final minute of double overtime to earn his second goal of the season against Central Arkansas (9/25). Barbero scored two important penalty kicks against Drake (10/16) and Evansville (10/20) to help secure a tie against the Bulldogs, a win against the Purple Aces, and bringing his goal tally to four. By converting two PK in as many matches, Barbero was the first Bear since Derek Phillips in 1993 to convert a PK in consecutive matches. Barbero's third assist season came against Memphis (10/26) to Eric Martin. He followed the assist in the previous game with the game winning goal against Bradley (10/30). At the end of the season, Barbero earned second team NSCAA All-Midwest Region Team, MVC Defensive Player of the Week (11/1), and All-MVC first team.

2009: Barbero got 15 starts in 18 matches played at midfield in 2009. He scored his lone goal, the game-winner in overtime, against MVC foe Drake (11/1) at Plaster Field. He recorded two assists on the season including an assist on the first Bears' goal of the season vs. UMKC (9/5). His other assist came against Centenary (La.) (9/16) on David Buckenheimer's goal. He more than doubled his shot output from his freshman campaign by registering 11, four of which were on net, to earn his second letter as a Bear.

2008: Barbero made an immediate impact in his first campaign with the Bears, starting 15 games while playing in all 19 during 2008. He contributed the unassisted game winning goal against Evansville (10/15) for his lone goal on the season. He tallied two assists on the season, one apiece against Drake (10/11) and Eastern Illinois (11/2) while contributing five shots. Barbero was honored with MVC all-freshmen team accolades for his standout season.

Background: Barbero was a four-year letterman for the Lassiter High Trojans, with starter status for three years. Barbero scored 10 goals and collected 10 assists in his junior season. He was picked to play on the Olympic Develpment Program Georgia team that faced Liverpool and the Men's National team, earning second in the nation honors that same year. Barbero also played for the North Atlanta Soccer Association for four years earning numerous tournament titles, including winning a state title in 2004 and RPL title in 2007.

Personal: Gerard Anthony Barbero, III is the son of Jerry and Kim Barbero. He was born March 7, 1990, in Princeton, N.J. He is an entertainment management major at Missouri State.

Gerard Barbero, III at Missouri State
Year MP-MS Sh G A Pts. GW
2008 19-15 5 1 2 4 1
2009 18-15 11 1 2 4 1
2010 18-18 18 5 3 13 3
Career 55-48 34 7 7 21 5

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