Philadelphia Soul Press Release
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia Soul (4-3) defeated the Washington Valor (0-7) at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. with a score of 51-46. Soul QB Greg McGhee earned game MVP after his four-touchdown performance and leading the team to snapping their losing streak while filing in for QB Dan Raudabaugh. Soul DB LaRico Stevenson was named Defensive Player of the Game after totaling six tackles, one tackle for loss and one interception for a touchdown.
The Valor got off to a speedy start by scoring a touchdown in the first few minutes of the game, giving them an early lead at 0-6. However, the Soul responded with a touchdown of their own when rookie QB Greg McGhee connected with rookie WR Aaron Wascha in the end zone, giving them a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
In standard Arena Football fashion, the Valor and Soul exchanged scoring drives quickly to start the second quarter with a Valor touchdown by WR TT Toliver and a PAT return by Soul DB Dwayne Hollis, making the score Soul 16 Valor 12. The Soul took over the scoring from here, as McGhee carried for a touchdown and connected with WR Darius Prince for another one, giving them a lead of 23-12. The Soul continued to dominate the field for the remainder of the first half after DL Jake Metz sacked Valor QB Arvell Nelson and DB LaRico Stevenson intercepted a Nelson pass to score another touchdown. Although the Valor tried to make a comeback with one last-second touchdown, the clock ran out with the Soul leading 30-12 at halftime.
In the second half, the Soul and Valor continued to go back-and-forth in scoring with two touchdowns by Soul WR Darius Prince and Valor Wide Receivers Jared Dangerfield and Reggie Gray scoring one each, tightening the score to Soul 37 Valor 27 at the end of the third quarter. After interceptions by both teams and a Valor touchdown, the clock ran out and the Soul recorded their first win since April 28th with a score of 51-46.
Coming up in Week 9, the Soul are home to face the Washington Valor at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, June 10th. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m.