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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.
SPORTS
August 3, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
August 1, 2014
THE SOUL will be shorthanded for this week's playoff game as stud offensive lineman Wayne Tribue has left the team for a tryout with the Chicago Bears. Tribue, a Temple product, is an AFL rookie who has generated interest in other pro leagues. He spent time in training camp with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL in June. Tribue, who could not be reached for comment, also spent time in 2012-13 with the Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers. "Out of anybody on our team, we think Wayne has the highest potential," said Soul general manager Tom Goodhines.
SPORTS
August 1, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
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.
NEWS
August 1, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
THE LIVELY James Brown biopic "Get on Up" says it loud, to borrow a phrase from its subject, even if it's not initially clear what's being said. No matter. In the end it's the performance of Chadwick Boseman that does most of the talking, unifying the movie's nervous narrative and confusing shifts in tone. "Get on Up" opens in a jumble of images/ideas/eras - young Brown surviving a near plane crash in Vietnam, an older version bringing a shotgun to scare tenants in one of his properties, a boy chasing his mom (Viola Davis)
SPORTS
July 29, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
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)
SPORTS
July 28, 2014
What: Arena Football League. Where: Consul Energy Center. When: Saturday at 5 p.m. TV: TCN: Outlook: A win by the Soul (9-8), coupled with a Tampa Bay loss, will clinch a wild-card berth for the Soul. . . . The Soul have won their last two games. . . . Pittsburgh (14-3) has won both previous meetings between the teams this season, most recently defeating the Soul, 57-56, in Week 14. . . . The Soul defense allowed a season-low 20 points in last week's win over San Jose.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
July 22, 2014 | By the Inquirer Staff
In setting a team record for fewest points allowed in a game this season, the Soul kept their Arena Football League playoff hopes alive with a 42-20 win over San Jose (12-5) on Sunday night. When they met in March, the SaberCats had romped, 70-33. The Soul improved to 9-8 in their home finale in front of 10,471 at the Wells Fargo Center. They need a win Saturday over the Pittsburgh Power and a Tampa Bay loss to clinch the final playoff spot. "This is playoff football," coach Clint Dolezel said.
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