Soul look to stay perfect Saturday against Albany

Matt Leon
May 09, 2019 - 12:50 pm
Philadelphia Soul wide receiver Aaron Wascha caught three touchdowns in last week's win in Baltimore.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Soul will be back home on Saturday night to welcome the Albany Empire to the Wells Fargo Center in Arena Football League action.

The Soul are 2-0 in the young season after beating the Brigade down in Baltimore this past Friday, 36-27. The win was satisfying for head coach Clint Dolezel.

"It's tough to win in Baltimore," he told KYW Newsradio.

The Soul defense has been strong here in the early going, allowing just 34 points a game. Dolezel talks about what has allowed that unit to hit the ground running this season.

"All three of our defensive backs are back," he says. "Their experience you just can't replace, and they're all on the same page. And they're doing a great job of making the quarterback hold the ball, and we're getting some pass pressure along with that."

Albany also is 2-0 on the young season. The Empire are coming off a 36-27 win over Washington last week.

"Their offensive side is very similar to ours," Dolezel says. "They have all their vets back."

Dolezel talks about what will be one key to having success in this one.

"Getting after (Albany quarterback Tommy) Grady," he says, "making him uncomfortable. That's always the case anytime you play a good veteran quarterback. You've got to make him get off his spots and push him back and make him hold the ball."

The Soul and Empire get underway Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Center.

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