Happy birthday, Kristine Lilly!
Retired American soccer player and Wilton native Kristine Lilly turns 45 today, July 22.
Lilly was a member of the United States women's national soccer team for 23 years, who played on a number of teams during her career, including Tyresö Fotbollsförening and KIF Örebro DFF in Sweden, the Washington Warthogs in Landover, Md., and the Delaware Genies in New Castle, Del.
She also played for the Boston Breakers from 2001 to 2003, as well as 2009 until her retirement in 2011.
Before graduating from Wilton High School in 1989, Lilly was captain of the Wilton High School girls soccer team her junior and senior years and helped the team win the 1986, 1987 and 1989 state championships.
She went on to attend the University of North Carolina (UNC), where she helped lead the UNC soccer team to four NCAA titles. In 1993, she graduated from UNC with a degree in communications and completed her collegiate career with 78 goals and 41 assists.
Lilly played in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics, earning gold medals in 1996 and 2004 and a silver medal in 2000. She also played in the 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007 World Cups.
The town of Wilton honored her with a parade after her 1996 Olympic gold medal win, and named a street after her — Kristine Lilly Way — after she won gold at the 2004 Olympics. The Wilton High School soccer field was also named after her following her 1999 Women’s World Cup victory.
From 2005 to 2007, she was captain of the U.S. National Team and was named U.S. Soccer Player of the Year in 1993, 2005 and 2006.
Lilly was inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in 2014 and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2012.
Her U.S. Women's National Team career stats include: 352 caps, 130 goals and 105 assists.
In 2006, Lilly married David Heavey, of Massachusetts. In 2008, the couple had a daughter, Sidney, who shares the same July 22 as her mother.
Lilly runs the Kristine Lilly Soccer Academy every summer in Wilton and Massachusetts.
To learn more about Lilly, visit www.kristinelilly13.com.