Cue the Rocky Theme.
Because Friday saw the biggest upset by somebody out of Philly since Rocky Balboa beat Ivan Drago to end the Cold War.
It happened in the first round of the NCAA tourney where BR-212 Philadelphia University (10-8-3), which came in with the most losses of any team in the NCAA tourney, managed a scoreless draw with BR-13 Saint Rose (15-3-4) – a Final Four team last year – and then advanced on penalty kicks.
It’s the first time in the team’s 25-year history it has gotten to the second round, and the Rams are carrying the mantle of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, which also has never had a team get past the first game of the tournament.
Saint Rose actually controlled the run of play during regulation – but Philadelphia goalkeeper Courtney Shaw kept the Rams in it, making a career-high 13 saves, including seven in the second half to get the Rams to PKs.
Shaw then came up huge with two saves in the PK shootout, including one on Saint Rose’s final attempt to send the Rams through to the second round, where they will face Adelphi on Sunday.
“As a team, we all collectively clicked,” Shaw said on the team’s website. “We struggled in the beginning [of the season], but now we have a cohesive unit. Everyone is playing for each other and we have a core 11.
“We aren’t satisfied and want to keep going,” Shaw said. “We feel we can do that.”
It is the first time since 2004 that Saint Rose goes home after just one NCAA match, and just the second time in eight years that the Golden Knights won’t be in the national semifinals.
Philadelphia and BR-5 Adelphi kick off at Adelphi’s Motamed Field in Garden City, N.Y. at 2 p.m. eastern time on Sunday.