By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Soul will look to bounce back from one of their most difficult defeats in recent memory when they host San Antonio on Sunday.
Philadelphia lost in Cleveland last time out, 54-52, to the now 9-0 Gladiators. What the made the loss so crushing was the fact that the Soul lead 52-35 in the final minute, only to see Cleveland make a ton of clutch plays down the stretch, capping things with the game-winning touchdown with no time left on the clock.
“Anytime you’re up three possessions with a minute to go and you lose, it’s going to be a hard pill to swallow,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel tells KYW Newsradio. “Credit to their kicker, he had two great onside kicks that went up to the ceiling and they made some plays on them. But it’s definitely a hangover game for us, we’ve had a few days to get it off, so we’re ready to get back after it at practice.”
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Dolezel says they won’t let the loss to Cleveland linger into this match-up with the Talons.
“I think we’ve got enough veteran guys on our team for that not to happen, and coaching staff,” Dolezel says. “We’ll get them focused on San Antonio. It’s a long season.”
As for San Antonio, it has been a struggle for them in 2014. They will bring a 1-9 record into Sunday’s game.
“They’re similar to us, they’ve had a lot of injuries,” Dolezel says. “They’ve been through several quarterbacks, receivers, (defensive backs). They just can’t get healthy from top to bottom. That’s been the biggest problem for them. They just haven’t had a lot go their way either. They’re not a bad football, they just haven’t made plays when they’ve needed to.”
Philadelphia and San Antonio will get underway at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Center.
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