Soul welcome Albany to town Saturday night

Matt Leon
May 18, 2018 - 12:20 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Soul will return to action Saturday night with a home game against the Albany Empire.

The Soul are 3-1 and coming off a bye week. That means they have been sitting on their first loss of the season for two weeks. On May 4, the Soul lost on the road at Baltimore, 31-21.

"We kind of got punched in the mouth," said Clint Dolezel, Soul head coach. "That was the bottom line. We went down there and I think we were kind of looking forward to the bye week instead of worrying about playing Baltimore, who is clearly one of the best teams in arena football right now."

The Soul also got banged up in that game. The most notable injury was to quarterback Dan Raudabaugh, but Dolezel expects his signal caller to be ready to go against the Empire.

"We put a brace on his non-throwing shoulder," he said. "He had a little bit of a left shoulder issue so it shouldn't be that big of a deal for us, it is more of a pain tolerance [situation]."

Albany brings a 2-2 record into Saturday night and the Empire have won their last two games, including a 53-42 win over Washington last time out.

The Soul beat Albany to open the season back on April 14, 56-35, but Dolezel said a new face on offense for the Empire will make life tougher this time around.

"Obviously, [they] added Joe Hills since the last time we've seen them, one of the top receivers in the league for a while now," Dolezel said. "We know we're going to have our hands full on the defensive side putting pressure on [Albany quarterback Tommy] Grady and stopping Hills and the rest of those guys."

Saturday night's game at the Wells Fargo Center gets underway at 6 p.m.

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