Lancaster booters pick up first win

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Nicklaus Ford beats out an Essex player for ball control during a district game last week. Photo by Traci Ford

Henry Smith had a hat trick and Kiran Bhattari a goal as Lancaster picked up its first win of the season, 4-3, last Friday over Essex in a Northern Neck District varsity boys soccer game.

It was only fitting that the varsity Red Devils got the win before a crowd that included dozens of young YMCA soccer players, ages 8 and younger, in celebration of Future Red Devils night. The YMCA players were recognized pre-game and escorted Lancaster’s players on the field during opening announcements.

We are getting better even though some of our scores don’t indicate that,” said LHS coach Rob Pittman. “Our ball movement is getting…