August 16, 2016 |
After a back-and-forth struggle, the Soul got revenge on the Jacksonville Sharks on Sunday night at the PPL Center in Allentown, winning the conference championship and advancing to ArenaBowl XXIX. The 55-50 victory left the Soul one win away from their first Arena Football League championship since 2008. Just last season, the Sharks dispatched the Soul, 61-56, in the American Conference final. The Soul (15-3) will take on the Arizona Rattlers on Aug. 26 at Gila River Arena.
August 24, 2015
What: Arena Football League American Conference championship. Who: Jacksonville Sharks (11-8) at Soul (16-3). When/where: Sunday at 5 p.m.; Wells Fargo Center. TV: CBS-SN. At stake: The winner of the American Conference championship will advance to ArenaBowl XXVIII . Last week: The Soul opened the playoffs with a 47-35 victory over the Cleveland Gladiators. The Sharks defeated the Orlando Predators, 55-33, on the road. Season series: Two of the Soul's three losses this season came against Jacksonville, which won the last two meetings, 55-47 and 74-67, respectively.
August 23, 2015 |
Soul linebacker Beau Bell spent most of the first half of the team's season in agony. "It felt like I had a knife in my back; it was almost unbearable," said Bell, who has played the entire season with a herniated disk in his back that forced him to miss almost two months. Soul receiver Shaun Kauleinamoku said the sprained knee that sidelined him for six weeks was more so frustrating than painful. "It was hard because I came here to play with my brothers and I had to spend a lot of time on the bench not being able to go to war with them," said the receiver, who was out from June 20 to Aug. 2. "You're just watching and waiting.
August 16, 2015 |
Although it occurred 37 years ago, in Derek Stingley's mind it was just yesterday, and, to a degree, he was right. "It happened just yesterday as a matter of fact," Stingley, the first-year defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Soul said via phone. "Yesterday, but 37 years ago. I remember it like it was yesterday. " This past Wednesday, Stingley was referencing Aug. 12, 1978. This past Tuesday marked 37 years since his father, the late Daryl Stingley, then a wide receiver for the New England Patriots, was left paralyzed by a savage hit from Oakland Raiders safety Jack Tatum during a preseason football game.
August 10, 2015 |
The Soul finished the regular season with a 48-33 victory against the Cleveland Gladiators (8-10) on Saturday night in Cleveland. Dan Raudabaugh completed 19 of 31 passes for 238 yards, six touchdowns, and no interceptions. Shaun Kauleinamoku led the Soul receivers with six catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns. Marco Thomas had five receptions for 48 yards and one touchdown. Beau Bell recorded three total tackles, one sack, and a blocked extra point. The Soul (15-3)
August 3, 2014 |
If Soul coach Clint Dolezel is fearful about opening the playoffs against a juggernaut with the best regular-season record in Arena Football League history, he didn't show it. "We match up well with them," Dolezel said of the Soul (9-9), who will play a wild-card game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena against the Cleveland Gladiators (17-1). "They are a veteran club kind of like we are. " The Soul do have a healthy dose of respect for the top-seeded Gladiators. "The biggest difference is they believe they are going to win every football game," Dolezel said.
July 28, 2014
The Soul (9-9) were left in playoff limbo after losing to the Power, 64-34, in Pittsburgh Saturday night. But all they had to do was wait for the Tampa Bay Storm to lose to the Cleveland Gladiators (which they did, 56-49), and the Soul slipped into the playoffs. The Soul will travel to the No. 1-seeded Gladiators for a game Saturday at 7:30. "You hate having to back into the playoffs," Soul coach Clint Dolezel said after the Soul lost, "but we will be rooting for Cleveland and get in the right frame of mind to be ready for next week.
June 23, 2014 |
There may not be a worse way to lose in football than on a Hail Mary. The Soul fell victim to this play at the hands of the Cleveland Gladiators with no time remaining and lost their third game in a row, 69-68, at the Wells Fargo Center. The Soul held a 68-63 lead with two seconds remaining after a 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dan Raudabaugh to wide receiver Markee White. On the ensuing possession, Gladiators quarterback Shane Austin tossed up a prayer into the end zone.
May 24, 2014
What: Arena Football League, Soul (5-4) at Cleveland Gladiators (8-0). Where: Quicken Loans Arena. When: Friday at 6 p.m. TV: ESPN3. Outlook: Winners of five of their last six games, the Soul are looking for their third win in a row. . . .. Soul running back Derrick Ross last week became the only player in AFL history to rush for more than 2,000 career yards. . . . Soul receivers Ryan McDaniel and Tiger Jones have combined for 127 receptions, 1,678 yards, and 36 touchdowns this season.