Pitt midfielder Veljko Petkovic was named Player of the Week by Top Drawer Soccer earlier this week after scoring three goals in two games against UCF and Washington in the 2021 NCAA tournament. His performances in the two games extended a points streak that began against Monmouth on May 2 and helped the Panthers reach the College Cup.
The Serbian’s outstanding showing began on May 6, when he opened up the scoring for Pitt against UCF by getting a shot past Knights goalkeeper Yannik Oettl just 23 second into the game. The goal was the fastest scored by a Pitt player in program history. And for good measure, Petkovic capitalized on an errant pass in the 22nd minute and added a second goal to put Pitt up 3-0 en route to a 4-0 win.
Against Washington on Monday, Petkovic scored his third goal of the tournament. It contrasted sharply with the two shots he tapped in against UCF, as it came from 64 yards out and found the back of the net when Huskies goalkeeper Sam Fowler was caught off his line. The goal was among the most sensational of the tournament, and it earned the No. 3 spot on the SportsCenter Top 10.
Top Drawer Soccer also honored Pitt midfielder Valentin Noel and Pitt defender Bryce Washington in addition to Petkovic. Noel and Washington were both placed on the Team of the Week after Noel scored one goal in each of Pitt’s games and Washington helped the team hold UCF and Washington scoreless.
Next up for Petkovic and Pitt is a date with Indiana in the College Cup. The game is set for Friday at 8:30 p.m., and it will air on ESPN U.