The Philadelphia Soul have fallen a long way since they won the last Arena League title in 2008. The defending champions came into their game on Friday night with a 2-5 record (last in the East). Their opponent, the Jacksonville Sharks, entered the match-up with a 6-1 record (which was good enough to lead the Southern Conference).
The Soul took a quick 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a pass from QB Ryan Vena to Keith Stokes. It would prove to be their only lead of the game.
The Sharks scored the next two TD’s of the first quarter on a pair of strikes from QB Aaron Garcia. Garcia would finish the day with 5 TD passes and no interceptions.
In the second quarter the Sharks scored first to extend the lead to 21-7. The Soul answered, the Sharks scored again, and the Soul answered a second time. With the score 27-21 (The Sharks missed an extra-point) the Sharks kicked a FG to make it 30-21 at the half. Vena, who had 3 TD’s at the half would not score again (on the ground, or through the air).
The third quarter had only one score, a TD by the sharks on an interception return. Jacksonville opened the forth quarter with a TD as well and the lead exploded to 44-21.
Justin Allgood replaced Vena at QB in the forth quarter but the Soul were already on their way to a 2-6 record as they lost 58-42. They are tied with the Milwaukee Mustangs for the worst record in the East (although Philadelphia owns the tie-breaker because they have one less division loss).
The Soul next take on the Georgia Force at the Wells Fargo Center on May 13th.
[Photo credits: Christian Hafer]