TAMPA, Fla. – USL League One today announced the Team of the Week for Week 12 of the 2022 regular season with Forward Madison FC midfielder Mikey Maldonado named Player of the Week. Maldonado tallied a goal and an assist in Madison’s 2-2 draw with Tormenta FC on Sunday evening.
On Sunday, Tormenta FC defender Jake Dengler opened the scoring early with a header from an extremely tight angle following a perfectly placed Adrian Billhardt corner in the 13th minute. After taking the lead into the half following a relatively quiet opening frame, Tormenta FC conceded a pair of Madison goals from Mikey Maldonado and Rojay Smith.
Maldonado cashed in on a Pablo Jara error following a nice, long-distance service from 18-year-old Alann Torres in the 56th minute. Maldonado then provided the assist on Madison’s go-ahead goal via Rojay Smith, but the final equalizing goal came as South Georgia’s Dengler lofted a set piece down the pitch where Kingsford Adjei ripped a shot inside the far post. The riveting match ended in a 2-2 draw when the final whistle sounded.
“It’s always good to get a point on the road,” Interim Head Coach Neil Hlavaty said after the match. “We put ourselves in a position to obtain three, so there’s disappointment there. Given the reaction in the second half, the group can take positives from it. We needed to find a group reaction, and you saw that in the way we played. We had very impactful subs which definitely changed the game for us.”
Seven League One clubs place a representative on the Team of the Week, and Greenville, South Georgia and Richmond all see multiple players named to the list. A season-high four Team of the Week members recorded both a goal and an assist in the same match.
GK – Paul Christensen, Greenville Triumph SC: Earning his league-leading fifth clean sheet, Christensen was the only goalkeeper to record multiple saves while not allowing a single goal.
D – Robert Cornwall, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC: The heartbeat of the Hailstorm defense, Northern Colorado’s captain recorded a goal and an assist in the same match for the first time in his impressive decade-long career. In defense, Cornwall registered five clearances and three recoveries.
D – Jake Dengler, South Georgia Tormenta FC: In the most impressive offensive performance in the young defender’s career, Jake Dengler helped Tormenta FC onto a come-from-behind draw with a goal and an assist.
D – Jimmy Filerman, Greenville Triumph SC: Filerman contributed to Greenville’s shutout victory over Omaha by winning 12 of 13 ground and aerial duels and recording six tackles, seven clearances and three interceptions.
D – Nate Shultz, Greenville Triumph SC: Another defensive standout in Greenville’s Week 12 victory, Shultz provided his first assist since 2019 and added to Greenville’s commanding win with a pair of chances created, five recoveries and three clearances.
M – Adrian Billhardt, South Georgia Tormenta FC: Billhardt assisted Dengler’s 13th-minute goal and went on to tally eight recoveries while winning a pair of fouls in Tormenta FC’s 2-2 draw with Madison.
M – Mikey Maldonado, Forward Madison FC: Maldonado recorded his first professional goal and added an assist to a strong outing in Statesboro. Additionally, Maldonado created a pair of chances and won four tackles.
M – Nathan Smith, Central Valley Fuego FC: In Fuego FC’s scoreless draw with FC Tucson in the inaugural Western Clásico, Smith pulled in eight recoveries and three interceptions while winning 11 of 15 ground and aerial duels.
M – Nil Vinyals, Richmond Kickers: The Spaniard opened the scoring on the evening with his first goal since an opening week brace earned the midfielder Player of the Week honors. In addition to his score, Vinyals tallied eight recoveries and won three fouls.
F – Jonathan Bolanos, Richmond Kickers: Last week’s Player of the Week maintained his momentum, scoring his first goal of the season and winning four fouls while completing 86% of his passes.
F – Garrett McLaughlin, North Carolina FC: The leader in the Golden Boot race scored his seventh goal of the year via a penalty conversion and assisted NCFC’s opening goal of the contest against Charlotte.