LIHUE — Kauai High School team co-captain Jessica Hreljac nailed a hat trick to lead the Red Raider junior varsity girls to a 3-2 edge over Kapaa High School on Thursday during the Kauai Interscholastic Federation soccer matches at Vidinha Stadium.
Host Kapaa’s Hanna Wamsley opened up the scorebooks first, weaving through defensive traffic and snaking the ball past the Raider goalkeeper about midway through the defensive half.
Kauai answered when Hreljac was able to get off a shot in a defensive crowd. The ball wobbled through the Warrior goalkeeper’s efforts for the 1-1 deadlock at the break.
Hreljac came off the intermission to nail two more goals for the win. Wamsley scored the JV Warrior wahine’s second goal in the effort.
During the boys’ match nightcap, Kapaa went to a balanced offense to seal its 6-0 win over the Waimea JV boys.
Jeran Paleka, Nahoa Davis, Chris Harvey, John Movagar, Tyler Hawthorne and Kawai Beeby found the net for Kapaa in the victory that came off a 4-0 margin at the break.
The Kauai JV girls next meet the JV Warrior wahine at 10 a.m. Saturday at Vidinha Stadium followed by the Red Raider JV boys going up against the Waimea JV boys at 11:45 a.m.
The Kauai varsity girls will kick off against Waimea starting at 1:30 p.m., and Kapaa is scheduled to meet Island School starting at 5:30 p.m. at Vidinha Stadium.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or email@example.com.