Ryan Krueger put a hat on his mohawk.
Sparked by Krueger’s hat trick, New Trier’s boys soccer team opened postseason play with a 3-1 victory over Notre Dame in the semifinal round of the Class 3A Glenbrook South Regional on Oct. 17.
Mohawk haircuts continue to be a playoff thing for the Trevians.
“A longtime team tradition,” said NT head coach Matt Ravenscraft.
And scoring goals continues to be a Krueger trademark. With his three against the Dons, the senior star, who will play soccer at Colgate University, now has 19 goals on the season to go along with eight assists.
Krueger’s “bust-out” game was a welcome sight.
“It’s been a couple of games since he’s scored,” said Ravenscraft.
Still, Krueger’s mild dry spell was hardly a concern.
“Players like Ryan can be a little streaky,” Ravenscraft said. “It’s not like he was taking plays off. He just wasn’t scoring.
“He’s one of those guys who plays well even when he’s not scoring,” the coach added.
Three different players — Alex Donnelly-Maine, Logan Weaver and Will Felitto — assisted Krueger.
Donnelly-Maine’s helper came in the fourth minute of the game. It was his fifth of the season.
Weaver now leads the team with 12 assists. The junior also has scored 10 goals.
Felitto, who has 14 goals on the season, picked up his sixth assist.
Notre Dame got on the scoreboard in the 10th minute, capitalizing on a set piece.
New Trier goalie Sam Warden recorded two saves in the contest.
The 18-3 Trevians will face Lane in the regional title game at Glenbrook South on Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. Lane topped Glenbrook South in the other regional semifinal on Oct. 17.