January 5, 2011
Some of Lilly's incredible accomplishments
Here's a quick look at some of Kristine Lilly's accomplishments:
|Kristine Lilly, shown here against China in 2010, was a part of four championship teams.
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Lilly was a part of four championship teams -- the 1991 and 1999 Women's World Cups -- and the 1996 and 2004 Olympic gold medalists. She has never finished out of the top three, taking second in the 1995 Women's World Cup and third in the 2003 and 2007 tournaments. She also has a silver medal from the 2000 Summer Games.
She's No. 1
Lilly moved into first place in women's caps, passing Heidi Stoere of Norway, when she played in her 152nd game against Japan in Kobe on May 21, 1998. For the record, she performed in 28,700 minutes internationally.
An amazing streak
Lilly started 46 consecutive matches in world championship competition, every match in U.S. women's history in the World Cup and Olympics. Her last appearance was the Americans' 4-1 win over Norway in the third-place game of the WWC in Shanghai, China on Sept. 30, 2007.
First international appearance
Lilly made her debut in a 2-0 victory over China on Aug. 3, 1987, only 12 days after her 16th birthday.
First international goal
Lilly scored it in a 1-1 tie in China on Aug. 13, 1987.
Lilly became only the fifth player internationally history to score 100 career international goals, connecting against New Zealand in Cincinnati in the U.S. on Oct. 10, 2004. Entering March, Lilly finished with 130 goals.
Lilly converted the third penalty kick into the upper left corner in the U.S. shootout win over China in the 1999 WWC final in Pasadena, Calif. on July 10, 1999. China had just missed its third attempt on the previous kick. My first thought . . . the sound of the crowd was thundering," Lilly told www.USSoccer.com. "I was just engulfed by the noise. Then, wow . . . what a relief. I felt relieved because I knew I had done my job. Then I got nervous for our next kickers.
Most important defensive play
Lilly headed the ball out of the game in extratime to save a goal and the game in that very same match. China's Fan Yunjie of China headed the ball over goalkeeper Briana Scurry but Lilly headed it out of harm's way.
Most memorable moment
Standing atop the medal podium with four other U.S. Soccer pioneers Brandi Chastain, Joy Fawcett, Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy as they left their last world championship together as gold medalists in Athens, Greece on Aug. 26, 2004.
And a few other things you might want to know about Lilly
* She played against 39 countries, scored against 30 nations, played in 23 countries and scored in 16 nations.
* She was the only first-team all-star for all three Women's United Soccer Association seasons.
* She became the first women to play on a men's professional soccer team in the United States, suiting up with the Washington Warthogs (Continental Indoor Soccer League) in August, 1995.
* She had a street named after her in her hometown of Wilton, Conn. -- Kristine Lilly Way -- after winning the 2004 gold medal.
* She has faced China and Norway more times than any other opponent -- 30 appearances each.
* She was named U.S. Soccer's female athlete of the year in 2005, 12 years after earning the award for the first time in 1993.