In the Portland Steel’s (1-10) last game before the bye week, they showed down against the Philadelphia Soul (10-1) on the tough turf of the Moda Center. The team stayed on their toes through the first half, tying the score up not once, or twice but three times. Eventually falling short of the win with a 21 point gap.
The Steel welcomed Wide Receiver #81, Nick Truesdell back tonight after an ankle injury took him off the field for most of the season. Truesdell towers above most of the team at a staggering 6’7”, Truesdell ended up being the perfect candidate for catching over the heads of the Soul’s Defensive players. Comeback kid #3 Rashaad Carter, in his second game back with the Steel scored three of tonight’s momentous touchdowns. With these two Receivers in their arsenal the Steel gave the Soul a run for their money.
Something switched in the heads of the Steel players after halftime, when Portland was leading 31-28 they had the win in their hands. If it weren’t for the Steel’s defense being on high alert, the Soul would have walked away with a much greater point difference.
Steel WR Shane Boyle is holding the spot for last night’s most impressive TD, taking possession and running it the length of the field untouched as he glided into the end-zone. The amazing feat came too late for the Steel as the final buzzer sounded not too soon afterwards.
The Portland Steel have clawed and fought their way towards wins in each and every game they played, though falling just shy of their prize. The Steel have lost player after player to injury this season, leaving holes in the delicate fabric of the team. Will the coaches and players be able to stitch up the gaps after a long week away?
The Portland Steel, battle the Orlando Predators on Saturday July 9th at the Moda Center, kickoff at 7pm. With the Predators at the top of the leader boards of the American Conference, will the Steel stand a chance?