August 5, 2014 |
THE SOUL completed an unfortunate hat trick on Saturday night in a playoff loss at Cleveland. Cleveland's Aaron Pettrey kicked a 36-yard field goal as time expired as the Gladiators beat the Soul on the final play of the game for the third time this season. Amazing. This defeat was the most gutting, a 39-37 loss that ended the Soul's 2-year run as American Conference champions. An Arena game where neither team reaches 40 points is like an NBA game played in the 70s - and not the 1970s.
August 4, 2014
Kicker Aaron Pettrey connected on a 36-yard field goal as time expired and the Gladiators defeated the Soul, 39-37, in front of 12,684 fans on Saturday night in the first round of the Arena Football League playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The Soul's Rayshaun Kizer set an AFL record with four interceptions in the losing effort. "We put up a good fight and had our opportunities, but we didn't cash them in," Soul coach Clint Dolezel said. "This is a game that we hope we remember and motivates us for next year.
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.
August 1, 2014 |
SOUL DEFENSIVE back Rayshaun Kizer, one of the team's leaders, did not mince words when asked about tomorrow's road playoff game against the best team in the league. Kizer does not care that Cleveland went 17-1, that they didn't lose a game at home and that they beat the Soul twice. He even brushed aside his own team's 30-point loss to Pittsburgh a week ago, chalking it up to self-destruction caused by internal pressure. "We know that we're better than them," Kizer said. "It's a good matchup on paper, but we're better than them.
July 29, 2014 |
THE SOUL didn't earn a playoff spot on Saturday. Tampa Bay gave theirs away. Philadelphia had its worst performance in 3 months in a 64-34 loss at Pittsburgh, but managed to claim their conference's final postseason bid thanks to Tampa Bay losing at home to Cleveland 3 hours later. Philadelphia (9-9) will play at Cleveland on Saturday (7 p.m., CBS-SN). "I was shocked. I'm still in shock," Soul coach Clint Dolezel said late yesterday afternoon. "The most important game of the season and we didn't show up. " Nine dropped passes was a major reason why the Soul managed just one touchdown in the first half as Pittsburgh (15-3)
June 24, 2014
IF THE ARENA LEAGUE is a steppingstone, then all Cleveland quarterback Shane Austin needs to get to the NFL is a few more games against the Soul. Ditto for his favorite receiver. Austin and Dominic Goodman hooked up on a Hail Mary pass on Saturday night as the Soul again squandered a last-minute lead to the Gladiators and lost, 69-68, at the Wells Fargo Center. Austin tied the AFL record with a staggering 11 touchdown passes, the last one came with a heavy dose of luck as three Soul d-backs and a Cleveland receiver banged into one another.
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.
May 4, 2013
Saturday at 8 p.m., Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. Records: Soul, 2-3; Rush, 4-2. About the Soul: These teams haven't played since 2011, when Chicago defeated the Soul, 62-28. . . . The Soul's defense is tied for fifth in the Arena Football League with an average of 263 yards allowed per game. However, the defense allowed more than 50 points in all three losses. . . . The Soul rank second in average fewest rushing yards allowed, at 17.6 per game, and have allowed the fewest rushing touchdowns in the league, three.