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Soul to the ArenaBowl 2019

August 8th, 2019 by Leo | No Comments | Filed in Football, General, Soul, Sports

GAME PREVIEW: ARENABOWL 32

After defeating the defending-champion Washington Valor in both games of the first-round home-and-home series, the Philadelphia Soul will travel to Albany to take on the top-seeded Empire in ArenaBowl 32. This marks the Soul’s sixth title game appearance and third in the last four years. Fans can watch this weekend’s matchup live on ESPN2 or listen to the action on 97.5 The Fanatic.

The Philadelphia defense contained Washington’s dual-threat quarterback Arvell Nelson, the league leader in total offense this season. Over the two-game series, the Second Team All-Arena selection threw five interceptions and was sacked seven times. Leading the way was recent pickup Malik Forrester. The defensive lineman has a league-leading 4.5 sacks this postseason, including three on Sunday. He and the defensive line will look to get pressure on Albany quarterback Tommy Grady, who has been taken to the turf just one time this season.

That sack came at the hands of Soul lineman Sean Daniels during the team’s Week 10 win over the Empire. Philadelphia’s pass rush appeared to rattle Grady, who completed just eight of 18 passes in the second half while throwing two picks. This week, the Soul will attempt to get pressure on Grady while limiting the impact of his favorite target, 2019 Wide Receiver of the Year Malachi Jones.

Having dismantled the Washington defense, the Soul’s high-powered offense will face an Albany team that allowed just 47 points in its two playoff games against the Baltimore Brigade. Philadelphia quarterback Dan Raudabaugh is no stranger to the ArenaBowl, having led the team to four previous appearances and two titles. The nine-year veteran ranks second in passing yards and touchdowns in ArenaBowl history behind only Nick Davila.

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Philadelphia Soul, Opening Day Preview 2019

April 25th, 2019 by Hanks Corner | Comments Off on Philadelphia Soul, Opening Day Preview 2019 | Filed in Football, General, Soul, Sports

GAME PREVIEW: WEEK 1

The Philadelphia Soul will kick off the 2019 season on Saturday, April 27 at 3:30 pm against the Atlantic City Blackjacks. The three-time ArenaBowl champions will play host to the new expansion franchise at the Wells Fargo Center. Fans can watch live on NBC Sports Philadelphia+ or listen to the action on 97.5 The Fanatic.

After winning titles in 2016 and 2017, the Soul had a disappointing 2018 season that saw the team finish 7-5 and exit in the first round of the playoffs. However, this year’s squad is looking to return to championship form.

“One thing that hasn’t changed for the Philadelphia Soul: Our goal is to be the world champions,” said Soul owner Ron Jaworski. “We were not last year. Our goal is to be the world champions this year.”

Among those returning for the Soul are quarterback and former league MVP Dan Raudabaugh, 2018 Defensive Back of the Year James Romain, and 2018 First Team All-Arena wideout Darius Prince. Joining the experienced core are a number of promising new faces, including six AFL rookies.

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Soul Tied For Second In Final Seconds

June 18th, 2018 by Leo | Comments Off on Soul Tied For Second In Final Seconds | Filed in Football, General, Soul, Sports

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia Soul (5-4) defeated the Albany Empire (5-4) at the Times Union Center with a score of 75-74 in front of 9,534 fans in the final 0.4 seconds of the game. This nail-biter put the Soul in a tie with the Empire for second place in the Arena Football League.

Soul rookie WR Aaron Wascha totaled seven touchdowns and 208 yards, recording the first 200-yard receiving game since Quentin Sims’ 205 yards against Tampa Bay in April of 2017. Although the Empire maintained a steady lead for most of the game, the Soul fought hard in the fourth quarter to get the win they needed after falling to the Washington Valor at home last week.

The game began in usual Arena Football fashion as the Empire and Soul exchanged touchdowns early in the first quarter, scored by the top two wide receivers in the league: Empire WR Malachi Jones and Soul WR Darius Prince. However, Albany picked up the pace as WR Collin Taylor recovered a Soul onside kick, leading to a five-yard touchdown by WR Joe Hills, giving Albany a 14-7 lead. In the ensuing Soul drive after receptions by WR Aaron Wascha and Prince, the Soul managed to tie up the score at 14 with another touchdown by Prince to conclude the first quarter.

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Soul win Back 2 Back ArenaBowls

August 29th, 2017 by Leo | Comments Off on Soul win Back 2 Back ArenaBowls | Filed in Football, General, Soul, Sports

SOUL SNARE SECOND STRAIGHT FOSTER TROPHY IN ARENABOWL XXX

Philadelphia completes biggest comeback in ArenaBowl history to win 44-40

            PHILADELPHIA – The Detroit Drive. The Arizona Rattlers. And now, the Philadelphia Soul. Philadelphia has etched its name in Arena Football League history by becoming the third team to win the ArenaBowl in back-to-back years after knocking off the Tampa Bay Storm 44-40 with 13,648 fans in attendance at the Wells Fargo Center to win ArenaBowl XXX.

             After winning the coin toss and deferring their decision until the second half, the Soul defense came up with a huge stop to open up ArenaBowl XXX. James Romain’s third career ArenaBowl interception gave Philadelphia the advantage, but the Storm were quick to take the ball right back. Playmaker of the Year, Kendrick Ings drew first blood by returning a missed field goal 57-yards for a touchdown in the longest play in ArenaBowl history to give Tampa Bay a 6-0 advantage. The second missed field goal return for a touchdown in ArenaBowl history was the only score of the opening quarter.

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Philly Sports News: Soul on the Road to Repeat

July 31st, 2017 by Leo | Comments Off on Philly Sports News: Soul on the Road to Repeat | Filed in Football, General, Soul, Sports

SOUL DOMINATE BRIGADE, 70-21

Soul Continue the Road to Repeat with a win in Baltimore

PHILADELPHIA— The Philadelphia Soul (12-1) defeated the Baltimore Brigade (4-9), with the final score 68-41 in front of 5,237 fans at the Royal Farms Arena on Saturday afternoon.

“This was our best performance all season,” said Soul head coach Clint Dolezel.  “Both sides of the ball played lights out and we did what needed to be done to get the win.”

Soul WR Ryan McDaniel led the receivers with five receptions for 66 yards and two touchdowns.  WR Darius Reynolds added three receptions for 79 yards and one touchdown and FB Mykel Benson tallied 12 rushes for 46 yards and three touchdowns.  Baltimore WR Brandon Thompkins recorded seven receptions for 67 yards and one touchdown.  

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Philadelphia Soul shut down the Valor

April 23rd, 2017 by Leo | Comments Off on Philadelphia Soul shut down the Valor | Filed in Football, General, Soul, Sports

Strong Soul Defense Holds Valor to Scoreless Second Half

WASHINGTON— The Philadelphia Soul (2-0) defeated the Washington Valor (1-1), with the final score 49-31 in front of 12,122 fans at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday night.

“Tonight was not one of our strongest performances,” said Soul head coach Clint Dolezel.  “We held the Valor to a scoreless second half but there is still some more work to do.”

Soul WR Shaun Kauleinamoku led the receivers with 12 receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns.  WR Darius Reynolds added six receptions for 76 yards and three touchdowns and WR Ryan McDaniel tallied five receptions for 46 yards.  Washington WR Mike Washington led the Valor receivers with nine receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

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Soul Opener 2017 Starts the Road to Repeat

April 16th, 2017 by Leo | Comments Off on Soul Opener 2017 Starts the Road to Repeat | Filed in Football, General, Soul, Sports

ROAD TO REPEAT BEGINS WITH A 56-52 VICTORY

Soul Start 2017 Season with a Win on the Road

 TAMPA BAY— The Philadelphia Soul (1-0) defeated the Tampa Bay Storm (1-1), with the final score 56-52 in front of 9,071 fans at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL on Saturday night.

“Tonight was not one of our strongest performances,” said Soul head coach Clint Dolezel.  “We need to dust off the cobwebs and correct some mistakes before we head into the rest of the season but I am happy with the win.”

Soul WR Darius Reynolds led the receivers with five receptions for 78 yards and three touchdowns.  WR Ryan McDaniel added nine receptions for 87 yards and one touchdown and WR Shaun Kauleinamoku tallied five receptions for 49 yards.  Tampa Bay WR Kendrick Ings led the Storm receivers with seven receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns.

Philadelphia QB Dan Raudabaugh completed 22-of-31 passes for 257 yards and five touchdowns.  Tampa Bay QB Randy Hippeard completed 20-of-33 passes for 292 yards and six touchdowns. 

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