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Kristine Marie Lilly Heavey (born July 22, 1971), née Kristine Marie Lilly, is a retired American soccer player who last played professionally for Boston Breakers in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). She was a member of the United States women's national football team for 23 years and is the most capped football player in the history of the sport (men's or women's) gaining her 352nd and final cap[1] against Mexico in a World Cup qualifier in November 2010. Lilly scored 130 goals for the United States women's national team, behind Mia Hamm's 158 goals, and Abby Wambach's 184.[2]

Kristine Lilly
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Lilly in April 2010
Personal information
Full name Kristine Marie Lilly Heavey
Date of birth (1971-07-22) July 22, 1971 (age 48)
Place of birth New York City, New York, U.S.
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Playing position Forward/Midfielder
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1992 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994 Tyresö FF
1995 Washington Warthogs
(indoor)
6 (0)
1998 Delaware Genies 4 (5)
2001–2003 Boston Breakers 59 (14)
2005 KIF Örebro DFF 19 (8)
2009–2011 Boston Breakers 20 (3)
National team
1987–2010 United States 352 (130)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Contents

Early lifeEdit

Lilly attended Wilton High School in Wilton, Connecticut. While still attending high school, Lilly became a member of the United States women's national team. She was recruited by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

University of North CarolinaEdit

Lilly competed as a student-athlete, playing for the university's North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer team from 1989 to 1992. During her time there, she won the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship every year she played. She won the Hermann Trophy as a junior in 1991.[3] To honor her time with the school, North Carolina retired her #15 jersey in 1994.

Playing careerEdit

ClubEdit

Lilly began her career with Tyresö FF of Sweden in 1994. She spent one season with the club before returning to the United States. On August 20, 1995, Lilly joined Washington Warthogs of the now-defunct Continental Indoor Soccer League. She was the only woman in the all-male professional indoor league, following in the footsteps of Collette Cunningham and Shannon Presley who had played in the league sparingly in 1994.

Lilly joined W-League side Delaware Genies in 1998. With the club, she appeared in four games, scoring five goals and two assists.

February 2001 saw the formation of the world's first women's professional soccer league in which all the players were paid. Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) had its inaugural season in 2001. Lilly was the team captain and a founding member of Boston Breakers. In her first season with the team, she appeared in all twenty-one matches and played every minute of the season. She led the league in assists with eleven and added an additional three goals. For her performance, she was named First Team All-WUSA. In 2002, she started in a further nineteen games. She increased her point total for the season, scoring eight goals and assisting on thirteen others. She was again named First Team All-WUSA and was a starter on the WUSA North All-Star Team. In 2003 Lilly started all nineteen games in which she played, chipping in three goals and four assists and again being named to First Team All-WUSA, the only player in the history of the league to do so. Following the 2003 season, the WUSA ceased operations.

Following the termination of the league, Lilly followed former Boston Breakers head coach Pia Sundhage to Sweden to play for Damallsvenskan club KIF Örebro DFF in 2005. There she was joined by fellow USWNT teammate Christie Welsh as well as USWNT and Boston Breakers teammate, Kate Markgraf.

In late-2006 and early-2007, the formation of a new women's league took shape under the name of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). On September 16, 2008, Lilly was allocated to Boston Breakers along with USWNT teammates Angela Hucles and Heather Mitts. The inaugural 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season saw Lilly appear in all twenty games (playing every minute) and score three goals with three assists.

InternationalEdit

 
Lilly (left) with Mia Hamm in St. Louis, 1998

Lilly made her debut for the United States women's national soccer team in 1987, when she was still attending high school. During her international career, she surpassed the previous women's world record of 151 caps, held by Norway's Heidi Støre, on May 21, 1998.[3] On January 30, 1999, she surpassed what was then the men's record of 164 caps, held by Adnan Al-Talyani of the United Arab Emirates.

Lilly has participated in the 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007 editions of the FIFA Women's World Cup. She is a two-time World Cup champion, winning in 1991 and 1999; during extra time of the '99 Final against China, Lilly, standing on the goal line, blocked a Chinese shot which had passed goalkeeper Briana Scurry[4] - since the tournament took place with the golden goal rule in effect, the game would have been over if China had scored - and in the ensuing shootout, she scored the goal which would give the US the lead. When she played against North Korea on September 11, 2007, in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, she became the first woman (and only the third player overall) to participate in five different World Cup Finals; by scoring a goal against England on September 22, 2007, she became the oldest woman to score in the World Cup.

Lilly has also competed in the 1996, 2000, and 2004 editions of the Olympic Games. She won a gold medal in 1996 and 2004, and a silver medal in 2000. She missed the 2008 Summer Olympics due to the birth of her child.

Unlike several of her longtime teammates (among them Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy, and Mia Hamm), she did not retire after the team's "farewell tour" which finished on December 8, 2004.

On January 18, 2006, Lilly made her 300th international appearance in a game against Norway. In the same match, she equaled Michelle Akers for second place on the team's all-time goal scoring list with 105. Lilly was named as a finalist for the 2006 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year. She finished second in the voting to Brazil's Marta.

After the birth of her daughter, Lilly returned to the national team in December 2008. Her last match for the national team, representing her record 352nd cap, was a World Cup qualifying loss to Mexico (1–2) on November 5, 2010, in which she played for six minutes as a substitute.

Matches and goals scored at World Cup and Olympic tournamentsEdit

Kristine Lilly competed in five FIFA Women's World Cup: China 1991, Sweden 1995, USA 1999, USA 2003 and China 2007; and three Olympics: Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, and Athens 2004; altogether played in 46 matches and scored 12 goals at those eight global tournaments.[5] With her USA teams, in eight world cup and olympic tournaments, Lilly had 39 wins, 3 losses, and 4 draws; finished first place with her teams 4 times, second place once and third place 3 times.

Key (expand for notes on “world cup and olympic goals”)
Location Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Lineup Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain

Min The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.
Assist/pass The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.
penalty or pk Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)
Score The match score after the goal was scored.
Result The final score.

W – match was won
L – match was lost to opponent
D – match was drawn
(W) – penalty-shoot-out was won after a drawn match
(L) – penalty-shoot-out was lost after a drawn match

aet The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation
pso Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time
Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament
Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament
Goal Match Date Location Opponent Lineup Min Score Result Competition
China 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup
1 1991-11-17[m 1] Panyu   Sweden {{{4}}}.

off 33' (on Hamilton)

3–2 W

Group stage
2 1991-11-19[m 2] Panyu   Brazil {{{4}}}.

off 67' (on Belkin)

5–0 W

Group stage
3 1991-11-21[m 3] Foshan   Japan {{{4}}}.

off 41' (on Akers)

3–0 W

Group stage
4 1991-11-24[m 4] Foshan   Chinese Taipei Start

7–0 W

Quarter-final
5 1991-11-27[m 5] Guangzhou   Germany Start

5–2 W

Semifinal
6 1991-11-30[m 6] Guangzhou   Norway Start

2–1 W

Final
Sweden 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup
7 1995-06-06[m 7] Gävle   China PR Start

3–3 D

Group stage
1 8 1995-06-08[m 8] Gävle   Denmark Start 9 1–0

2–0 W

Group stage
9 1995-06-10[m 9] Helsingborg   Australia Start

4–1 W

Group stage
2 10 1995-06-13[m 10] Gävle   Japan {{{4}}}.

off 68' (on Bryan)

8 1–0

4–0 W

Quarter-final
3 42 2–0
11 1995-06-15[m 11] Västerås   Norway Start

0–1 L

Semifinal
12 1995-06-17[m 12] Gävle   China PR Start

2–0 W

Third place match
Atlanta 1996 Olympic Women's Football Tournament
13 1996-07-21[m 13] Orlando   Nigeria Start

3–0 W

Group stage
14 1996-07-23[m 14] Orlando   Korea DPR Start

2–1 W

Group stage
15 1996-07-25[m 15] Miami   Germany Start

0–0 D

Group stage
16 1996-07-28[m 16] Athens   Brazil Start

2–1 aet W

Semifinal
17 1996-08-01[m 17] Athens   China PR Start

2–1 W

Gold medal match
USA 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup
4 18 1999-06-19[m 18] E Rutherford   Denmark Start 89 3–0

3–0 W

Group stage
5 19 1999-06-24[m 19] Chicago   Nigeria Start 32 4–1

7–1 W

Group stage
20 1999-06-27[m 20] Boston   Korea DPR Start

3–0 W

Group stage
21 1999-07-01[m 21] Washington   Germany Start

3–2 W

Quarter-final
22 1999-07-04[m 22] San Francisco   Brazil Start

2–0 W

Semifinal
23 1999-07-10[m 23] Los Angeles   China PR Start

0–0 (pso 5–4) (W)

Final
Sydney 2000 Olympic Women's Football Tournament
24 2000-09-14[m 24] Melbourne   Norway Start

2–0 W

Group stage
25 2000-09-17[m 25] Melbourne   China PR Start

1–1 D

Group stage
6 26 2000-09-20[m 26] Melbourne   Nigeria {{{4}}}.

off 45' (on Serlenga)

35 2–0

3–1 W

Group stage
27 2000-09-24[m 27] Canberra   Brazil Start

1–0 W

Semifinal
28 2000-09-28[m 28] Sydney   Norway Start

2–3 aet L

Gold medal match
USA 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup
7 29 2003-09-21[m 29] Washington   Sweden Start 27 1–0

3–1 W

Group stage
30 2003-09-25[m 30] Philadelphia   Nigeria Start

5–0 W

Group stage
31 2003-09-28[m 31] Columbus   Korea DPR {{{4}}}.

off 45' (on Foudy)

3–0 W

Group stage
32 2003-10-01[m 32] Foxborough   Norway Start

1–0 W

Quarter-final
33 2003-10-05[m 33] Portland   Germany Start

0–3 L

Semifinal
8 34 2003-10-11[m 34] Carson   Canada Start 22 1–0

3–1 W

Third place match
Athens 2004 Olympic Women's Football Tournament
35 2004-08-11[m 35] Heraklion   Greece Start

3–0 W

Group stage
36 2004-08-14[m 36] Thessaloniki   Brazil {{{4}}}.

off 69' (on O'Reilly)

2–0 W

Group stage
9 37 2004-08-17[m 37] Thessaloniki   Australia Start 19 1–0

1–1 D

Group stage
10 38 2004-08-20[m 38] Thessaloniki   Japan Start 43 1–0

2–1 W

Quarter-final
11 39 2004-08-23[m 39] Heraklion   Germany Start 33 1–0

2–1 aet W

Semifinal
40 2004-08-26[m 40] Piraeus   Brazil Start

2–1 aet W

Gold medal match
China 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup
41 2007-09-11[m 41] Chengdu   Korea DPR Start; (c)

2–2 D

Group stage
42 2007-09-14[m 42] Chengdu   Sweden Start; (c)

2–0 W

Group stage
43 2007-09-18[m 43] Shanghai   Nigeria {{{4}}}.

off 84' (on Tarpley); (c)

1–0 W

Group stage
12 44 2007-09-22[m 44] Tianjin   England Start; (c) 60 3–0

3–0 W

Quarter-final
45 2007-09-27[m 45] Hangzhou   Brazil Start; (c)

0–4 L

Semifinal
46 2007-09-30[m 46] Shanghai   Norway {{{4}}}.

off 89' (on Kai); (c)

4–1 W

Third place match

Coaching careerEdit

Lilly has been an assistant coach for the Boston Breakers since 2012.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Lilly grew up in Wilton, Connecticut, and lives in Needham, Massachusetts.[7] She is married to Brookline firefighter David Heavey, a former hockey and golf star at the University of Connecticut. Lilly gave birth to her first daughter Sidney Marie Heavey on her birthday, July 22, 2008, and her second daughter Jordan Mary Heavey on September 2, 2011.

She appeared in the HBO documentary Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team. Lilly helps run a soccer camp with Mia Hamm and Tisha Venturini-Hoch.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

Year Team League Games
Played
Goals Assists Points
1994 Tyresö FF Sweden
1995 Washington Warthogs CISL
1998 Delaware Genies W-League 4 5 2 12
2001 Boston Breakers WUSA 21 3 10 16
2002 Boston Breakers WUSA 19 8 13 29
2003 Boston Breakers WUSA 19 3 4 10
2005 KIF Örebro DFF Sweden
2009 Boston Breakers WPS 4 4 3
Total 63 19 29 48

Honors and awardsEdit

Year Team Championship/Medal
1989 University of North Carolina NCAA National Champion
1990 University of North Carolina NCAA National Champion
1991 USA WNT FIFA World Cup Champion
1991 University of North Carolina NCAA National Champion
1992 University of North Carolina NCAA National Champion
1995 USA WNT FIFA World Cup Bronze
1996 USA WNT Olympic Gold
1999 USA WNT FIFA World Cup Champion
2000 USA WNT Olympic Silver
2003 USA WNT FIFA World Cup Bronze
2004 USA WNT Olympic Gold
2007 USA WNT FIFA World Cup Bronze
2015 None Inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ U.S. Soccer Media Guides https://web.archive.org/web/20140915022004/http://www.ussoccer.com/about/media-services/media-guide. Archived from the original on September 15, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)[failed verification]
  2. ^ Alexander, Valerie. "World Cup Football Stats Erase The Sport's Most Dominant Players: Women". Jezebel.com.
  3. ^ a b "Soccer profile:Kristine Lilly". Soccer Times. Retrieved June 22, 2009.
  4. ^ kristinelilly (April 13, 2009). "Kristine Lilly Day - Hartford Tribute July, 18, 2007" – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Kristine LILLY". FIFA.
  6. ^ "Coaching Staff". Boston Breakers. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
  7. ^ "She scores goals. They fight fires. They share a bond". The Boston Globe. September 22, 2007.
  8. ^ Wahl, Grant, "Seeing Stars", Sports Illustrated, July 4, 2011, p. 101.
Match reports
  1. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: China PR 1991: MATCH Report: Sweden- USA". FIFA.
  2. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: China PR 1991: MATCH Report: Brazil – USA". FIFA.
  3. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: China PR 1991: MATCH Report: Japan – USA". FIFA.
  4. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: China PR 1991: MATCH Report: USA – Chinese Taipai". FIFA.
  5. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: China PR 1991: MATCH Report: Germany – USA". FIFA.
  6. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: China PR 1991: MATCH Report: Norway – USA". FIFA.
  7. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: Sweden 1995: MATCH Report: USA – China PR". FIFA.
  8. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: Sweden 1995: MATCH Report: USA – Denmark". FIFA.
  9. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: Sweden 1995: MATCH Report: USA – AUS". FIFA.
  10. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: Sweden 1995: MATCH Report: Japan – USA". FIFA.
  11. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: Sweden 1995: MATCH Report: USA – Norway". FIFA.
  12. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: Sweden 1995: MATCH Report: China PR – USA". FIFA.
  13. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament: Atlanta 1996: MATCH Report: USA – Nigeria". FIFA.
  14. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament: Atlanta 1996: MATCH Report: USA – Korea PR". FIFA.
  15. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament: Atlanta 1996: MATCH Report: USA – Germany". FIFA.
  16. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament: Atlanta 1996: MATCH Report: USA – Brazil". FIFA.
  17. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament: Atlanta 1996: MATCH Report: USA – China PR". FIFA.
  18. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: USA 1999: MATCH Report: USA – Denmark". FIFA.
  19. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: USA 1999: MATCH Report: USA – Nigeria". FIFA.
  20. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: USA 1999: MATCH Report: USA – Korea PR". FIFA.
  21. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: USA 1999: MATCH Report: USA – Germany". FIFA.
  22. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: USA 1999: MATCH Report: USA – Brazil". FIFA.
  23. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: USA 1999: MATCH Report: USA – China PR". FIFA.
  24. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament: Sydney 2000: MATCH Report: USA – Norway". FIFA.
  25. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament: Sydney 2000: MATCH Report: USA – China PR". FIFA.
  26. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament: Sydney 2000: MATCH Report: Nigeria – USA". FIFA.
  27. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament: Sydney 2000: MATCH Report: USA – Brazil". FIFA.
  28. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament: Sydney 2000: MATCH Report: USA – Norway". FIFA.
  29. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: USA 2003: MATCH Report: USA – Sweden". FIFA.
  30. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: USA 2003: MATCH Report: USA – Nigeria". FIFA.
  31. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: USA 2003: MATCH Report: Korea PR – USA". FIFA.
  32. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: USA 2003: MATCH Report: USA – Norway". FIFA.
  33. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: USA 2003: MATCH Report: USA – Germany". FIFA.
  34. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: USA 2003: MATCH Report: USA – CAN". FIFA.
  35. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament: Athens 2004: MATCH Report: Greece – USA". FIFA.
  36. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament: Athens 2004: MATCH Report: USA – Brazil". FIFA.
  37. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament: Athens 2004: MATCH Report: USA – Australia". FIFA.
  38. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament: Athens 2004: MATCH Report: USA – Japan". FIFA.
  39. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament: Athens 2004: MATCH Report: USA – Germany". FIFA.
  40. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament: Athens 2004: MATCH Report: USA – Brazil". FIFA.
  41. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: China PR 2007: MATCH Report: USA – Korea PR". FIFA.
  42. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: China PR 2007: MATCH Report: Sweden- USA". FIFA.
  43. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: China PR 2007: MATCH Report: Nigeria – USA". FIFA.
  44. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: China PR 2007: MATCH Report: USA – ENG". FIFA.
  45. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: China PR 2007: MATCH Report: USA – Brazil". FIFA.
  46. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup: China PR 2007: MATCH Report: Norway – USA". FIFA.

Further readingEdit

  • Grainey, Timothy (2012), Beyond Bend It Like Beckham: The Global Phenomenon of Women's Soccer, University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803240368
  • Lisi, Clemente A. (2010), The U.S. Women's Soccer Team: An American Success Story, Scarecrow Press, ISBN 0810874164
  • Longman, Jere (2009), The Girls of Summer: The U.S. Women's Soccer Team and How it Changed the World, HarperCollins, ISBN 0061877689

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