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Arena Football: Philadelphia Soul Visits Spokane

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The Philadelphia Soul look to be finally hitting their stride.  They have won three of their last four as they get ready to battle the Shock in Spokane tonight.

Last time out, the Soul won in dramatic fashion against Milwaukee, 39-37, on a touchdown pass from Ryan Vena to Donovan Morgan on the last play of the game.

Head coach Mike Hohensee is hoping that win will help them build even more momentum.

“It felt good to see our players celebrating at the end of a game, like so many have celebrated against us,” he says.  “We’ve lost a couple of games in that fashion, on the last play of the game, and we’ve lost a few in the last minute of the game.  For us to pull one out like that, I think, is huge, and gives them (the players) hopefully  the confidence to understand that those things can happen to us if you play for the full sixty minutes.”

Hear Matt Leon’s full interview with Mike Hohensee in this CBS Philly SportsPod…

The Soul is now sitting at 5-7 on the season, 2½ games behind first-place Pittsburgh in the Eastern Division.

Spokane is 4-7, but Hohensee says that they are still a tough matchup.

“The first thing we concern ourselves with is the crowd.  It’s probably one of the more hostile places in Arena Football to play,” he says.  As for the players, “they’re talented.  They are a lot like us as far as losing some close games, they’ve lost a couple in the last seconds.  They got a lot of talent and they are the defending champions.  Until someone knocks them off at the end here, they are still the champions and they still have that kind of heart.”

Kickoff tonight is set for 8:00pm.

Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio 1060

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