TAMPA, Fla. – Phoenix Rising FC goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski has been voted the USL Player of the Week for Week 16 of the 2018 season. Woszczynski recorded a seven-save shutout after his side was reduced to 10 men in the 35th minute to lead Rising FC to a 1-0 victory against fellow playoff contender Orange County SC on Friday night.
Woszczynski received 57 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. Louisville City FC’s Cameron Lancaster and North Carolina FC’s Austin Da Luz finished tied for second place with 13 percent.
GK – Carl Woszczynski, Phoenix Rising FC: Woszczynski recorded a seven-save shutout, as Phoenix took a 1-0 victory against Orange County SC despite being down to 10 men for 55 minutes.
D – Andrew Brody, Real Monarchs SLC: Brody scored the lone goal, won six of eight duels and two tackles and recorded three interceptions to help the Monarchs take a 1-0 victory against Fresno FC.
D – Ayoze, Indy Eleven: Ayoze recorded assists on both of Indy’s goals, as it handed Nashville SC its first home loss of the season last Tuesday night at First Tennessee Park.
D – O’Brian Woodbine, Charleston Battery: Woodbine had a goal and assist, as the Battery swept to a 4-0 victory against Toronto FC II on Sunday night to break a six-game winless streak.
D – Zach Ellis-Hayden, Fresno FC: Ellis-Hayden recorded eight tackles and won 17 of 20 duels while also recording the assist on Franck Tayou’s late insurance goal in the Foxes’ 2-0 win against Sacramento Republic FC.
M – Austin da Luz, North Carolina FC: Da Luz scored what proved to be the game-winner, having provided the impetus for North Carolina’s equalizer in a 3-1 comeback victory against the Richmond Kickers.
M – Kenardo Forbes, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Forbes’ first goal of the season was the winner, as Pittsburgh took a 1-0 win on the road against Louisville City FC last Wednesday night.
M – Drew Skundrich, Bethlehem Steel FC: Skundrich scored his first professional goal and also logged his first assist in Steel FC’s 4-1 victory against the Charlotte Independence on Saturday.
F – Efrain Alvarez, LA Galaxy II: Alvarez scored twice to move to eight goals this season, as Los Dos claimed a 5-3 victory against Seattle Sounders FC 2 on Sunday evening.
F – Cameron Lancaster, Louisville City FC: Lancaster scored twice, including a highlight-reel finish from 45 yards, to put Louisville up at halftime in what turned into a 3-3 draw with the New York Red Bulls II.
F – Jhon Pirez, Tulsa Roughnecks FC: Pirez scored the opening goal, won eight of 11 duels overall and recorded four shots, as the Roughnecks claimed their first win of the season against the LA Galaxy II.
Bench: Fabian Cerda (TUL), Robert Boskovic (TOR), Danny Musovski (RNO), Alan Winn (NSH), Nazmi Albadawi (CIN), Jorge Herrera (CLT), Dominic Oduro (TBR)
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