Unbroken Records: The Wayne Gretzky of prep girls’ soccer

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

Erin Martin scored 286 career goals as a California prep -- GoStanford.com
Erin Martin scored 286 career goals as a California prep -- GoStanford.com

Erin Martin is the closest thing to Wayne Gretzsky that prep girls' soccer has ever seen.

The most amazing stat in all of sports has to be the fact Gretzky has more career assists than any other NHL player has points AND HE ALSO HAS THE MOST CAREER GOALS.

Likewise, Martin is the only girls' soccer player who ranks among the nation's top 10 in career goals and assists. Her 286 career goals at Temple City (Calif.) High from 1989-92 are the most all-time, and her 120 assists in that span rank sixth in history.

The fact Martin accomplished that feat in California -- a perennial hotbed for the sport -- makes her production even more impressive. Only one other player from the Golden State scored 200 career goals (Palos Verdes' Carin Jennings netted 225 from 1980-83) and the same goes for 100-assist careers (Agoura's Julie Tingle had 104 from 1986-89).

The 5-foot-5 Martin netted 60 goals as a freshman, 62 as a sophomore, 93 as a junior and 71 as a senior. Her career total leads the next-closest scorer, Bossier City (La.) Parkway High's Rachel Alexander, by a whopping 44 goals.

Martin also ranks among the nation's top 10 for single-season and single-game goals. Her 93 goals as a junior ranks second in history and her 11 goals in a 13-0 victory against San Gabriel (Calif.) High on Dec. 1991 is tied for fifth all-time.

Her high school numbers were no fluke, either. Martin's 49 career goals and 28 career assists at Stanford each rank among the top 10 in school history. She led the Cardinal in points three times, earning Pac-10 Player of the Year honors as a senior.

Martin is the only Stanford player — including 1991 U.S. Women's World Cup champ Julie Foudy — to score four goals in a game, which she did against UCSB on Oct. 30, 1994.

Martin's soccer career had a brief resurgence when she was drafted by the Philadelphia Charge in the short-lived Women’s United Soccer Association in 2001. But her place in the sport is firmly cemented in the NFHS record books.

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