TAMPA – The Philadelphia Soul received an outstanding individual performance from Joe Goosby, while the entire Soul defense shut down the Tampa Bay Storm to cruise to an 71-27 victory in front of 13,421 fans at Amalie Motor Oil Field at Amalie Arena on Saturday night.
The 44-point victory marked the worst loss in Tampa Bay’s 28-year team history.
“For a group of guys coming off a loss, battling through adversity – this team came out focused and won all three phases of the game tonight,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said. “I couldn’t be prouder of these guys and really feel that we came together this week down here preparing for this game and it showed on the field.”
Goosby swept the postgame individual awards – Offensive Player, Playmaker and Defensive Player of the Game – the first time that has happened in team history since the expanded awards were given.
Ryan McDaniel led the Soul (8-1) receivers with seven catches for 61 yards and two touchdowns. Shaun Kauleinamoku added five catches for 63 yards and one touchdown. Marco Thomas had five receptions for 45 yards, while Lonnie Outlaw had four receptions for 85 yards and one touchdown. Goosby, who pulled double duty as fullback and linebacker, added three rushing touchdowns for the Soul on offense.
Dan Raudabaugh finished the night completing 19-of-26 passes for 213 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. In relief, Bryan Randall finished the game 4-of-6 passing for 57 yards and two touchdowns. Tampa Bay’s Jason Boltus completed 12-of-30 passes for 133 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.
Goosby led the defense with 3.0 total tackles, a 6-yard interception for a touchdown, a blocked extra point returned for two-points and two forced fumbles. Kent Richardson had 1.0 total tackle, a 10-yard interception for a touchdown and a fumble recovery, while James Romain had 4.0 total tackles and an interception. Bryan Robinson had two sacks for the night.
The Soul head to Atlantic City next to face the Las Vegas Outlaws in the DraftKings Boardwalk Bowl at 6 p.m. at the Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, May 30. The game will be national televised on CBS Sports Network.