Philadelphia Soul Home Saturday, Host Tampa Bay
By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia Soul will look to go above .500 for the first time this season on Saturday when they host the Tampa Bay Storm.
Philadelphia evened its record at 4-4 last weekend with a 79-60 win over a struggling 1-6 New Orleans VooDoo squad.
“They’ve had a lot of injuries over the season, so we caught them at the right time,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel tells KYW Newsradio. “They still played pretty good football; we had some breaks go our way and we played well finally.”
It has been a long road back from a 0-3 start for the Soul. Even having won four of their last five, Dolezel says they still haven’t really hit their stride.
“We’re not playing to where we need to be playing,” Dolezel says. “Last week was a step in the right direction. We’re really beat up, we are. We’ve got basically seven guys, eight guys, that we’ve counted on from week #1 that haven’t been out there, we haven’t put the same group on the field yet. So we’re still trying to feel each other out.”
Tampa Bay is 3-5 on the season and Dolezel says they are trying to get back on track. Since a 3-1 start the Storm have dropped four straight.
“They’ve got some veterans players,” Dolezel says. “But they’ve got a lot of young guys sprinkled in there and it’s starting to show, here and there, where they’re making some mistakes and not getting the breaks that they were (earlier) in the season — very dangerous football team that did beat us (63-49 on April 4th) when we weren’t playing up to par, and we’re looking for a little revenge on them.”
Philadelphia and Tampa Bay will get underway at 6 p.m. on Saturday night at the Center.
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