The Brigade beat the host Philadelphia Soul , 57-45, on Sunday night in the first meeting of a two-game Arena Football League semifinal series, moving Baltimore closer to its first ArenaBowl appearance. Quarterback Randy Hippeard threw for 212 yards and scored seven touchdowns (six passing, one rushing), while defensive back Joe Powell had 51/2 tackles and one interception for Baltimore, which holds a 12-point advantage heading into the second weekend of the AFL postseason. Baltimore hosts Game 2 of the series, determined by aggregate scoring, against Philadelphia on Friday at 7 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network. If the aggregate score is tied, the teams would immediately play an overtime period to determine which advances.