Soul lose to Sharks after dramatic comeback falls short

Soul lose to Sharks after dramatic comeback falls short
April 28, 2013, 11:45 am

The Soul made a dramatic comeback, but fell short after a failed two-point conversion with 18 seconds left led to a 55-53 loss to the Jacksonville Sharks on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center.

“We made too many turnovers, fumbles, false starts, things of that nature,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said. “We made too many little mistakes that hurt the team tonight, but it will get better. I think overall we played a pretty good game tonight. I’m not taking it too hard, it’s just some things we need to work on.”

Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh connected on 24-of-37 passes for 312 yards and four touchdowns on the night. Tiger Jones led all Soul receivers with nine receptions for 148 yards.

On the ground, fullback Derrick Ross finished with 38 rushing yards and three scores.

The Soul put the first points on the board with a two-yard touchdown run by Ross, though Jacksonville blocked the extra point. The Sharks answered back with two quick TDs before the Soul closed out the first on a 22-yard TD pass from Raudabaugh to Andrae Thurman.

The Sharks opened up the second quarter with two touchdown passes before Ross punched in his second TD of the night on a 16-yard run. The Soul took a 28-26 lead into the second half.

Jacksonville took a 42-33 lead in the third quarter, but the Soul were able to keep the game close after wide receiver scored on a two-yard rush towards the end of the frame.

Trailing by as many as 15 points in the fourth, the Soul put together a rally towards the end of the quarter that would fall just short. With less than a minute remaining, Ross punched the ball in on a one-yard TD run. The Soul, however, were unable to convert on the two-point conversion with an incomplete pass, leaving the final score at 55-53.

The Soul will next face the Rush on May 4 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. Kickoff is at 8 p.m.

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