Soul host Brigade in critical match-up Saturday night

The Philadelphia Soul will welcome the Baltimore Brigade to the Center.

Matt Leon
June 29, 2018 - 2:45 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Philadelphia Soul will play the penultimate game of their regular season on Saturday night as they welcome the Baltimore Brigade to the Center.

Philadelphia won its second straight game last time out to improve to 6-4, hammering the Valor down in Washington, 63-28. That game was actually tied at 28 at the half, but the Soul dropped the hammer over the final two quarters, outscoring Washington 35-0.

"The guys played well," Soul head coach Clint Dolezel tells KYW Newsradio. "Played hard the whole game. All week long, the practice was really good. Honestly, the first half should've been just like the second half. We kind of bailed them out with some penalties, typical stuff we've done all year long to leave teams around. Second half, we turned the switch on and played great defense. Not giving up any points in a half is very tough to do."

The Soul this week activated starting quarterback Dan Raudabaugh off the injured reserve list. He has been out for several weeks. It was a big loss for the Soul, but it was mitigated by the play of Shane Austin who was acquired three weeks ago and stepped in to lead the offense.

"Unbelievable play out of Shane Austin," Dolezel says. "He did a great job stepping in, really should've been 3-0 honestly as our starter. We didn't help him out much in the first game he started for us, but played well since then. It'll be nice to get Dan back out there. I know it will be uplifting for the players to have our leader back out there."

The Soul are a game behind first-place Baltimore in the standings. The Brigade bring a 7-3 record into Saturday's game. The Soul have lost two of the first three match-ups between the two teams, so the Soul have to win this game to have any shot of landing the top seed in the playoffs.

"We've got to come out and really play well to beat them and to beat them handily because they hold the tiebreaker over us by over 24 points," he says. "So we've got to go out and win the game (in a) really emphatic way. We've got to play well. We're at home, that helps."

Saturday night's game begins at 7 o'clock.

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