NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (March 28, 2019) -- Head Coach Eric Dobrzanski announced on Thursday the addition of Dalaney Hanneken, Elizabeth Madril, Denise Mendoza, and Karla Vargas to the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) women's soccer for the 2019 season.
"We are extremely excited about our 2019 class, it is one that will help us build upon a good 2018 season," Coach Dobrzanski said. "We were in search of players that would allow us to take that next step as a program, and there is no question that this entire group will do that. We found players that are not only talented, but individuals that are incredibly driven and competitive. We graduated such impactful seniors that built such an incredible foundation here. So, it was important to bring in individuals that were prepared to make an immediate impact."
2019 JWU Women's Soccer Signees
Dalaney Hanneken – Defender – Saint Cloud, Fla. – Saint Cloud HS – Saint Cloud Soccer Club
Elizabeth Madril – Midfielder – Navarre, Fla. – Navarre HS – Daytona State College
Denise Mendoza – Goalkeeper – Hialeah, Fla. – Miami Lakes Tech Ed. HS – Weston FC
Karla Vargas – Defender – Hialeah, Fla. – Mater Academy – Weston FC
Coach Dobrzanski on Dalaney Hanneken: "Dalaney is a very good 1v1 defender. She does really well helping her team build from the defensive third, as she is a very technical player. I was really drawn to her desire to get into the attack as an outside defender, she has the ability to develop into an impactful player at the college level."
Coach Dobrzanski on Elizabeth Madril: "Lizzy will have an immediate impact in our midfield. She possesses all of the qualities we were looking for at that position. She has great vision and technical ability, combined with the way she reads the game. She will be a player that can control the tempo of games. We are thrilled that we found a midfielder of her quality."
Coach Dobrzanski on Denise Mendoza: "We are very excited about Denise. She has a very bright future at the college level. She is a physical goalkeeper, who does a fantastic job commanding her box on set pieces and corners. She does well communicating with her defenders in transition, along with being an incredible shot stopper."
Coach Dobrzanski on Karla Vargas: "Karla is an athletic, dynamic player that can play multiple defensive positions. Her versatility will allow her to fill multiple important roles on our team. She reads the game well and has always been a possession oriented player. She does well switching the point of attack and is very accurate with her services."
"With the addition of Dalaney, Lizzy, Denise and Karla, we not only signed four talented players, we signed four proven competitors and leaders that will be the future of this program for years to come," Dobrzanski said. "We always look to add players that will enhance our program both on and off the field. In the end, the 2019 recruiting class will be one of our largest, the class was carefully constructed and we are so excited because we have ensured our program's success both now and in the future. I cannot thank their family's enough for everything, and their belief in our program. We really look forward to the 2019 season."
The Wildcats had their most-successful season in 2018, finishing the year with a 10-7 (6-4 Sun Conference) record, while hosting the program's first TSC playoff game. The team saw a record four players earn All-Conference honors (Sawyer Hall, Caterina Yibirin, Carissa Sanchez and Savannah Jackson), and had its first player named an NAIA All-American (Jackson).