Green Mountain Adds Big Scorer with Commitment of Avery Barber

* The image of Avery Barber used in the artwork comes from a photo that is reprinted courtesy of the Cortland Standard—Joe McIntyre/staff photographer.
* The image of Avery Barber used in the artwork comes from a photo that is reprinted courtesy of the Cortland Standard—Joe McIntyre/staff photographer.
POULTNEY, Vt. - The Green Mountain College women's soccer team is proud to announce its first member of the 2018 incoming class as Marathon High School standout Avery Barber (Marathon, N.Y.) has made a deposit signifying her intent to attend Green Mountain this coming fall to begin work on a Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production degree. 
GMC Head Coach Kip Shipley believes that Barber will be a tremendous addition to his squad. 
"Green Mountain College Women's Soccer is thrilled to add a player of Avery's caliber," said Head Coach Kip Shipley. "She will come in and immediately bolster our attack. Avery will not only bring a strong athletic presence to our team and campus, but her outstanding academics and interest in our mission make her a perfect fit at GMC." 
Barber, a 6'0" midfielder for the Marathon Olympians, was a prominent part of her team's offense totaling 33 goals and 39 assists during her career helping her team to a quarterfinal berth in the NY Section IV Class D Championships as a senior. However, her role with the Olympians changed as she matured as a player. Barber actually started her freshman season by anchoring the defense for the team dividing her time between the defensive midfield position and sweeper. With more experience Barber shifted into the attacking midfield position.  With this change she completed two consecutive seasons as the team's leading scorer while compiling double figures in both goals and assists.  For her tremendous play throughout her career whether as an offensive or defensive player, Barber was recognized as a Section IV First Team All-Star in all four years. 
"Ms. Barber faces challenges head on with mental and physical toughness while tapping into her experience to allow for composure and fluency," related Barber's high school coach Trish Hayes. "Avery Barber will bring both pride and poise with her to Green Mountain College." 
Barber is excited to begin a new chapter in her journey through life, school and soccer and believes that GMC is the right place for her development to continue. 
"I was drawn to Green Mountain College by the sustainability vibe on campus and in the community", said Barber. "On my first visit, I could tell that the campus was right for me; everything was exactly as I had pictured. Everyone I communicated with was incredibly friendly and welcoming. I cannot wait to join the women's soccer team as well as become a part of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production program and the Honors Program. I hope to make many new friends and connections that I can take with me later in life." 
Barber will join an Eagles team that showed an incredible amount of growth in the span of a year and is fresh off its best campaign in nearly a decade. The team graduated just four seniors from the 2017-18 squad and will be looking to its talented incoming class including Barber to help continue building a program to compete within the Northeastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.