Pitt midfielder Veljko Petkovic put an exclamation point on his team’s 3-0 win over Washington in the Elite Eight of the 2021 NCAA tournament on Monday, as he caught Huskies goalkeeper Sam Fowler off his line and scored from 64 yards out. The goal came with just over a minute left in regulation, and it did not go unnoticed by the media, as ESPN featured it on the SportsCenter Top 10 on Tuesday.
Petkovic’s goal came in at No. 3 on the countdown, and according to ESPN, it was made from 64 yards out. It was one of two long-range goals Pitt scored on Monday, as Bertin Jacquesson had also caught Fowler out of goal and scored on an empty net about a minute before Petkovic scored.
Appropriately, the lead-in to the Serbian’s spectacular goal was a half-court buzzer-beater by Golden State Warriors shooting guard Jordan Poole, which came in at No. 4. However, it was beat out for No. 2 by a catch by Declan O’Hara of Warde High School in Connecticut that saw O’Hara crash through the outfield wall. And the No. 1 play was Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall’s game-winning goal against the New York Islanders.
Pitt is the top offensive team in the tournament, as it has scored 13 goals in three games, conceding only one to Monmouth in a 6-1 victory in the second round. Petkovic has been vital to the team’s offensive success, as he assisted in two goals against Monmouth, scored twice in Pitt’s 4-0 win over UCF and, of course, scored once against Washington.
Next up for Pitt is a date with Indiana in the College Cup. The matchup will take place at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, and it will air on ESPN U on Friday night.