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Unbroken Records: Nobody’s achieving Sean Shapert’s goals any time soon

Ben Rohrbach
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Sean Shapert owns the national record for goals, and he only played three seasons -- FanBase.com

Sean Shapert owns the national record for goals, and he only played three seasons -- FanBase.com

Each Wednesday, Prep Rally uncovers the story behind the most remarkable standards in high school sports for our Unbroken Records series. This week: Achieving goals.

The most remarkable aspect of Sean Shapert's national record isn't just that he scored 213 goals in his boys soccer career. It's that he did it only three season for Coraopolis (Pa.) Moon High.

Moon started its soccer program in 1982, when Shapert was a sophomore, and he proceeded to score 65 goals.

He followed with 88 goals as a junior -- a Pennsylvania single-season state record that also stood as the national mark for 19 years until Dobson (N.C.) Surry Central High's Michael Richardson scored 92 in 2002.

Shapert concluded his three-year prep career with a measly 60 goals as a senior. Somehow, he also found time to add 64 assists to those 213 career goals. Oh, and he kicked a 51-yard field goal as a member of the football team, per the Post-Gazette.

At the time, former Major Indoor Soccer League Goalkeeper of the Year Joe Papaleo told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a member of the Pittsburgh Spirit in 1984, "Sean Shapert has one of the hardest shots I've seen, period. That includes every place I've played. He knows how to finish at a very high level. I definitely think he can play professionally."

Shapert blew out his knee prior to his freshman season at Indiana University, but remarkably recovered from a series of five surgeries to score the lone goal in the Hoosiers' 1-0 victory over Howard in the 1988 NCAA championship game. He concluded his Indiana career with records for assists in a single season (18) and career (46).

"Scoring that winning goal against Howard was the biggest single highlight in my soccer career," he told the Post-Gazette in 1990 after ending his pursuit of a lifelong dream to play professional soccer in favor of being able to walk the rest of his life, "a moment I'll always remember." Must be tough with all those goals to sort through in his mind.

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