Soul look to keep season alive tonight in Baltimore 

Matt Leon
July 20, 2018 - 12:49 pm
The Philadelphia Soul need to win by at least 13 points tonight to advance to the ArenaBowl.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Soul will look to keep their season alive tonight as they visit the Baltimore Brigade in the second and final part of their home-and-home playoff series.

If the two-time defending champion Soul are to advance to their third straight Arena Bowl, they will need to win tonight by at least 13 points. Philadelphia lost the first game on Sunday night at the Wells Fargo Center by 12, 57-45. 

"We're fortunate and happy to be in [this] situation based on how the game went," Soul head coach Clint Dolezel says. "Only being down 12 and we were down 30 with a matter of about six minutes to go in the game and cut it to 12. Hats off to my guys for battling in there. Not a lot went our way, and we still have a chance for this week."

The Soul scored 20 of the game's final 22 points on Sunday. The run could've been even more pronounced if a late two-point conversion attempt by the Soul wasn't intercepted and returned for two points for the Brigade. Dolezel talks about whether he thinks the late momentum on Sunday can transfer to Friday night.

"It transfers if we come out and start fast, no doubt," he says. "We definitely want to make them think, 'Oh boy, we should've put them away last week early in that game' and get the wheels turning in their head, 'We had them and now we left them off the hook.'"

Dolezel says he doesn't think the Soul necessarily have to make a lot of adjustments to have success on Friday.

"We've just got to be on the same page on the offensive side," he says. "[The first game] was as bad as I've seen our recievers and quarterback look as far as playing catch, just running routes and things like that. In the secondary, we've just got to make the plays. Obviously, we need some pass [rush] pressure. We didn't have a ton, but we got more than we have been. Getting an early stop is going to be the key, kind of put some pressure on them."

Friday night's game in Baltimore gets underway at 7:00 p.m.

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