The Soul were inches away from the goal line and a potential game-winning touchdown as the game ends

Photos by Photographer Kevin Tuno

The Philadelphia Soul has suffered a very tough loss.

The Soul lost the game in the final seconds. They tried to review the final play of the game, but were out of timeouts.

The Milwaukee Mustangs were able to upset the top-ranked Philadelphia Soul, 64-63, last night at the Wells Fargo Center. Both of the Soul’s losses have come at home.

“The team is really disappointed in (last night’s) results,” said Soul head coach Doug Plank. “I know we can bounce back. It starts with the coaching staff and our coaches have been in similar situations before. There’s no question in my mind that this time will be able to get back on track.”

The loss snapped the Soul’s four-game win streak and may drop the team from being atop the coaches’ weekly poll. The win for the Mustangs snapped their three-game losing streak.

The Soul are also 1-2 against their Eastern Division counterparts this season. The Soul have lost to the Cleveland Gladiators and the Mustangs, while they defeated the Pittsburgh Power.

In the final play of the game, the Soul tried to reach the goal line to take the lead. It was very similar to the St. Louis Rams vs. the Tennessee Titans Super Bowl a decade ago, where Mike Jones tackles Andre Dyson inches short of the end zone.

The time ran out in the game after the play. Mustangs’ players and coaches rushed the field to be with their teammates, while the Soul players and coaching staff were in disbelief as to what just happened.

“Milwaukee played a great game (last night),” said Plank. “We underestimated some of the things that they could do out here offensively. As everybody knows in Arena Football, it comes down to finishing the last play of the game. We needed to be better and have knowledge in terms of what we needed at the end of the game. We were out of timeouts, so we couldn’t pass or run a play on the field, as we didn’t have enough time. It was an educational play for our players and coaches to make sure we’re not in that position again.”

Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh completed 26 of 45 passes for 366 yards. He also had seven touchdowns with no interceptions.

Tiger Jones was Raudabaugh’s favorite target once again. Jones had twelve receptions for a 183 yards and four touchdowns.

Jeff Hughley also came up big for the Soul. He had seven receptions for 121 yards and three touchdowns. In addition, he had a 131 yards on seven kick returns.

“Well, my performance doesn’t matter, because it is a team sport,” said Hughley. “And we lost, so what I did doesn’t matter. We needed a victory and didn’t get it.”

Not to be outdone, Mustangs’ Josue Paul led their team in receptions. He had six receptions for a 141 yards and four touchdowns.

Mustangs’ Gino Guidugli completed 13 of 21 passes for 246 yards and eight touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions and was sacked once.

“I have to give credit to their quarterback (Guidugli),” said Plank. “He went back and stayed in the pocket, while concentrating on his receivers down the field. We did not do a very good job in the secondary in stopping their receivers. That was the difference in the game.”

Soul defensive backs Rayshaun Kizer and Kent Richardson picked off Guidugli.

Guidugli also connected with Andrae Thurman for four receptions and 86 yards, including three touchdowns. Jared Jenkins also caught a touchdown.

In the fourth quarter, Derrick Ross scored two touchdowns and Jones caught a 32-yard touchdown reception.

Mustangs’ Kelvin Rodgers returned a 56-yard kick return for a touchdown, while his teammate Paul added a 45-yard touchdown reception.

Hughley caught two 30-yard touchdowns in the third quarter. Mustangs’ Jenkins caught a 7-yard touchdown and Paul added a 28-yard touchdown to give the Mustangs a 43-42 lead at the end of the quarter.

The Mustangs had the lead at the half, 29-28, after a 24-yard Josh Smith field goal. Two minutes earlier, Guidugli connected with Thurman for a 14-yard touchdown. Jones caught a 45-yard touchdown from Raudabaugh with nearly 5 minutes left in the quarter.

Paul added a 44-yard touchdown reception around the 7-minute mark. Jones added a 10-yard touchdown reception near 8 minutes into the second.

Hughley caught a 17-yard touchdown reception to end the first quarter. Thurman added a 27-yard touchdown reception with 2 and a half minutes to go.

Jones added a 13-yard touchdown reception with nearly 5 minutes left. With about eight minutes left, Darrell Campbell gave the Soul a safety on an intentional grounding call in the end zone.

“Our defense is fine,” said Hughley. “They played a great game. As an (offensive) unit, we hurt ourselves.”

Thurman caught a 33-yard touchdown reception for an early Mustangs lead a short time into the game.

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