By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: July 26th, 2014 at 10:44 pm EST
The Philadelphia Soul knew that they had to take care of business by winning the final four games to automatically qualify for the fourth and final spot in the playoffs. Well, things hit a snag when the Soul hit a snag in Pittsburgh.
The Soul were destroyed by the Pittsburgh Power, 64-34, as the Soul had a measly seven points in the first half, a career-low. With the loss, it gave the Tampa Bay Storm an opportunity to sneak past the Soul into the fourth spot.
As the team from Philadelphia sat and waited, they had many emotions running through their mind. The Soul knew that should the Tampa Bay Storm win, the Soul would be eliminated from the playoffs, as the Storm owned the tiebreak.
With two of the three wins over the Soul, the Storm would advance in the playoffs. However, things did not work out like the Storm had hoped either.
In Tampa, the Cleveland Gladiators escaped with a 56-49 win. Thus giving the Soul the final spot in the playoff picture, and their third straight playoff appearance.
Next week, the Gladiators will host the Soul. This is the third time that the teams will be facing each other, and the previous two meetings came down to the final plays.
On Friday, May 23rd, the Gladiators defeated the Soul, 54-52, at the Quicken Loans Arena. Almost a month later on June 21st, the Gladiators defeated the Soul, 69-68, in a heart-breaking loss at the Wells Fargo Center.
Will the third time be the charm for the Soul? Time will tell. They are looking to join the Arizona Rattlers as the only team to make three straight ArenaBowl’s in recent memory.
If the Rattlers make the ArenaBowl this season, it would be their fourth straight. They defeated the Soul in the past two Championship games.