Soccer's Vanessa Illanes Named Atlantic Sun Player of the Year

Nov. 5, 2002

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University senior midfielder Vanessa Illanes (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) was named Atlantic Sun Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Year as the league office announced the 2002 Women's Soccer All-Conference Teams Tuesday. Sophomore defender Hanni Wenzel (Camano Island, Wash.) joined Illanes on the first-team, as JU was one of three schools with multiple players selected to the first team. Junior transfer Inge Heiremans (Tremelo, Belgium) earned second-team honors, while Ranveig Aas-Hanssen (Skien, Norway) was named to the All-Freshman Team.

Illanes, who is the second Dolphin in the last three years to be named player of the year, led JU in every offensive category during the regular season, finishing first or tied for first on the team in goals (11), assists (12), points (34) and game-winning goals (4). Illanes had a goal or an assist in all 11 conference games except for one, totaling nine goals and 11 assists. She is currently tied for 10th in the nation with 0.67 assists per game and 27th with 1.89 points per game.

Wenzel, who returned from an injury after earning first-team all-conference honors in 2000, started every game and played every minute for the Dolphin defense, while recording one goal and leading the Dolphins to six shutouts.

Heiremans tied Illanes for the team lead in goals with 11 and finished second in assists (7) and points (29), while notching a goal or an assist in her first nine games. Aas-Hanssen had a stellar freshman campaign, finishing third on the team in goals (9), assists (5) and points (23), highlighted by a five-game stretch in which she scored six goals and had two assists. No. 3 JU (13-3-2, 8-1-2) gets set to play No. 6 Samford on Thursday in Buies Creek, N.C., in the opening round of the 2002 Atlantic Sun Championship hosted by Campbell at 7 p.m.

Atlantic Sun Conference
2002 Women's Soccer All-Conference Honors

2002 A-Sun Player-of-the-Year: Vanessa Illanes, Jacksonville 2002 A-Sun Coach-of-the-Year: Lisa Howe, Jacksonville State 2002 A-Sun Freshman-of-the-Year: Jennifer Montgomery, UCF

FIRST TEAM Pos Name School Ht. Cl. Hometown/Previous School GK Jessica Kuhlman UCF 5-7 Sr. St. Charles, Mo./Francis Howell D Krista Fine FAU 5-7 Jr. Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic D Jackie VanLooven UCF 5-6 Sr. Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary D Hanni Wenzel JU 5-11 So. Camano Island, Wash./Stanwood MF Emily Hulburt JSU 5-5 Sr. Tyler, Tex./Robert E. Lee MF Vanessa Illanes JU 5-5 Sr. Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas MF Rhonda Jones FAU 5-6 Jr. N. Lanarkshire, Scotland/Brannock F Nicole Cieslak UCF 5-8 Sr. Orlando, Fla./Boone F Julie Ferguson FAU 5-6 Fr. Glasgow, Scotland/St. Augustine F Trina Maso de Moya FAU 6-0 Grad. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Wake Forest F Jennifer Montgomery UCF 5-5 Fr. Colton, Calif./Colton

SECOND TEAM Pos Name School Ht. Cl. Hometown/Previous School GK Molly Keating FAU 5-5 Jr. Inverness, Fla./Citrus D Danielle Castro FAU 5-6 Jr. Zephyrhills, Fla./Zephyrhills D Cecelia Lounder JSU 5-7 Sr. Halifax, Nova Scotia/J.L. Ilsley D Keala Ryan Sam 5-6 So. Seattle, Wash./Mount Lake Terrace D Christy Walls GSU 5-4 Jr. Surrey, British Columbia/Holy MF Emma Astrom Stet 5-9 Jr. Stockholm, Sweden/Ostra Reals MF Allison Blagriff UCF 5-5 So. Melbourne, Fla./Eau Gallie MF Kim Forrest GSU 5-10 Sr. Snellville, Ga./Brookwood F Inge Heiremans JU 5-6 Jr. Tremelo, Belgium/Lindenwood Univ. F Susan Persson Cam 5-8 Fr. Stockholm, Sweden F Lindsay Shanks Sam 5-5 So. Evansville, Ind./Reitz

ALL-FRESHMEN TEAM Name School Pos. Ht. Hometown/Previous School Ranveig Aas-Hanssen JU For. 5-7 Skien, Norway/Porsgrunn VGS Courtney Baines UCF Mid. 5-4 Indialantic, Fla./Satellite Emily Cobb TSU Mid. 5-10 Louisville, Ken./South Oldham Brooks Daniel GSU For. 5-5 Evans, Ga./Greenbriar Lauren Dittrich Cam For. 5-5 Middleburgh Heights, Ohio/Midpark Julie Ferguson FAU For. 5-6 Glasgow, Scotland/St. Augustine Jennifer Montgomery UCF For. 5-5 Colton, Calif./Colton Susan Persson Cam For. 5-8 Stockholm, Sweden Summer Savage UCF Def. 5-5 Gulf Breeze, Fla./Gulf Breeze Amanda Stephens JSU GK 5-9 Humble, Tex./Humble Marian Wagner Sam For. 5-11 Spring, Tex./Klein

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