WILTON, Conn. -- Happy birthday to Wilton’s Kristine Marie Lilly Heavey!
Heavey, who grew up and went to school in Wilton, turns 43 on Tuesday. The soccer player was born July 22, 1971, in New York City.
She made her debut for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team in 1987 and was a member for 24 years. During her international career, she surpassed the previous women's world record of 151 caps.
She 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. When she played against North Korea on Sept. 11, 2007, in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, she became the first woman to participate in five different World Cup Finals. By scoring a goal against England on Sept. 22, 2007, she became the oldest woman to score in the World Cup.
She has also competed in the 1996, 2000, and 2004 editions of the Olympic Games. She won gold medals in 1996 and 2004, and a silver medal in 2000.
She 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.
Heavey began her professional career with Tyresö FF of Sweden in 1994. On Aug. 20, 1995, she joined Washington Warthogs of the now-defunct Continental Indoor Soccer League. She was the only woman in the all-male professional indoor league. She later joined W-League side Delaware Genies in 1998.
She was the team captain and a founding member of Boston Breakers. For her performance, she was named First Team All-WUSA. In 2002, she started in a 19 games.