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Mario Burstein
Mario Burstein

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Marietta, Ga.

High School:
George Walton

Height / Weight:
5-6 / 156

Position:
Midfield/Defense


• 2006 C-USA Academic Honor Roll
• 2007 C-USA Academic Honor Roll
• 2007 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
• 2008 C-USA Academic Honor Roll
• 2008 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll

2008
Started all 19 games at left back ... Collected three assists on the year ... Posted one shot ... Part of a strong defensive unit that allowed just 16 goals on the year, the fewest allowed by a Carolina squad since the 1998 season ... Helped the Gamecock defense record nine shutouts on the year ... Earned first assist of the season in 1-1 tie versus Presbyterian College (Sept. 2) ... Also added assists in 3-0 victory against Lehigh (Sept. 12) and in 1-1 tie in regular-season finale against UCF (Nov. 7) ... Named to the C-USA Academic Honor Roll ... Also named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

2007
Started all 19 games of sophomore campaign ... Played the majority of the season at left back ... Key member of the defensive unit that allowed just 21 goals on the year, including a league-low seven goals during Conference USA play ... Helped the Gamecock defense record six shutouts on the year ... Named to the C-USA Academic Honor Roll ... Also named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

2006
A starter in all 12 matches in which he played ... Suffered a concussion in practice the day before the season opener that sidelined him for the first five matches of the year ... Returned for the Alabama A&M match on Sept. 10 ... Played center back, helping the Gamecocks record three shutouts ... Made the Conference USA Honor Roll.

Pre-College
A four-year varsity starter for coach Bucky Boozer at George Walton High School ... Helped his prep team to the state championship in 2006 and the state semifinals in 2004 ... A National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) High School All-American ... adidas Elite Soccer Program (ESP) participant ... Competed in club soccer for the Concorde Fire Elite and coach Mark Thornton, serving as a team captain for five years ... Helped the Concorde Fire Elite to the Region III finals in 2003, the Raleigh Showcase Championship in 2004 and the Disney Soccer Showcase Championship in 2005 ... Competed for the Georgia State Olympic Development Team (2002-2005) and the Region III Team in 2002, 2003 and 2005.

Personal
Born March 2, 1988 ... Parents are Fernando Burstein and Kathy Johnson ... Double major in accounting and finance.