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.
March 17, 2016 |
FROM THE OUTSIDE peering in, it would seem as if the Arena Football League is taking on water. Four more teams were subtracted this offseason, the 18-game schedule was reduced to 16 and everybody gets to make the playoffs. It's been a chaotic seven months since last year's championship, which San Jose won to cap an historic 20-win season. Even the Sabercats had to cease operations because of money problems. "It was a tumultuous offseason in revamping our league," Soul majority owner Ron Jaworski said at the team's media day in Voorhees on Tuesday.
August 25, 2015 |
During the regular season, the Soul had their way with just about everyone on their Arena Football League schedule except the Jacksonville Sharks. In the American Conference championship game Sunday, that once again proved to be the case as the Sharks beat the Soul, 61-56, at the Wells Fargo Center, ending their quest for the franchise's second ArenaBowl title. "We didn't play well and they did and that's the bottom line," Soul coach Clint Dolezel said. "You turn the ball over twice and dig yourself a hole and it's going to be an uphill battle against a good team like that and that's the bottom line.
August 11, 2015 |
IF FAMILIARITY breeds contempt, the Soul and Cleveland must really hate each other by now. After a decisive win in Cleveland over the weekend, the Soul (15-3) will turn around and host the Gladiators (8-10) this Saturday at 5 p.m. in an AFL playoff game at the Wells Fargo Center. It will be the teams' fourth meeting this year, and the seventh in just the last two seasons. The Soul won the first three meetings this season, while Cleveland won all three last year - including a playoff game with a field goal at the buzzer.
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 2, 2015
4 p.m. Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center TV: ESPN3 Soul record (home record): 13-3 (8-0) VooDoo record (road record): 3-12 (0-6) Soul key players: Dan Raudabaugh, QB: 108 TDs, 12 INTs, 4,596 passing yards. Tommy Taggart Jr., RB: 83 attempts, 260 rushing yards, 12 TDs. Marco Thomas, WR: 141 receptions, 1,662 receiving yards, 35 TDs. VooDoo key players: Adam Kennedy, QB: 38 TDs, 11 INTs, 2,561 passing yards. Roosevelt Falls, RB: 41 attempts, 94 rushing yards, nine TDs. Chris Duvalt, WR: 100 receptions, 1,183 receiving yards, 21TDs.
July 21, 2015
ANY CHANCE the Soul might have had to host the league championship is just about gone following Saturday's loss at Jacksonville. Dan Raudabaugh threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter as Jacksonville beat the Soul, 74-67. The loss dropped the Soul to 13-3 and two games back of San Jose (15-1) in the race for the No. 1 overall seed. "Late turnovers will always kill you, but more importantly, it is about finishing a game," head coach Clint Dolezel said. "This needs to be playoff mode for us. We can't make the mental mistakes this time of year.
July 14, 2015
THE SOUL checked another item off its 2015 season to-do list with a convincing win over Cleveland. The 72-56 victory at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday improved the Soul's record to 13-2 and clinched homefield advantage throughout the American Conference playoffs. Wide receiver Harvey Binford had his best game of the season with seven catches, 145 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Soul. Dan Raudabaugh strengthened his MVP argument by completing 20-of-27 passes for seven TDs. He threw one interception.
June 29, 2015 |
THERE'S ONE team in Philadelphia without a quarterback controversy at the moment. They have the top-ranked offense in their league and a serious shot at bringing a title home to the city. The Soul now sits atop the East Division at 12-3 for the season after defeating the Tampa Bay Storm, 64-42, last night at the Wells Fargo Center. Head coach Clint Dolezel's team appears primed to finish as the top seed in the American Conference and its high-powered offense will look to tear through the playoffs.
June 28, 2015 |
Bryan Robinson shot through the Tampa Bay offensive line just as quickly as it took quarterback Jason Boltus to take his second snap of the third quarter. With the Soul defensive lineman bearing down on him, Boltus kept his eyes downfield and shuffled backward to avoid the pursuit. But like all night, he had little to see. This time, he ran out of space, too. Robinson tackled him for a safety, highlighting a stellar defensive effort in Philadelphia's 64-42 win Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.