For the River Hill girls soccer team, it was all well worth the wait.
First, it was the bus that came two-plus hours late and then -- even later -- it was the two needed goals coming from Kara Lewis.
The junior striker scored the tying goal with less than five minutes left in regulation and added the overtime game-winner as darkness began to prevail in Bel Air yesterday, happily sending the No. 2 Hawks home with a 2-1 win over No. 7 John Carroll.
Lewis finished off a chance from 10 yards with 4:36 gone in overtime, following up a long throw-in from senior Megan Buescher to give the Hawks their third win in as many tries this season.
River Hill had a number of opportunities right in front of the goal throughout the game. But a combination of strong play from John Carroll sophomore keeper Andrea Gaeta (14 saves), some poor finishing and bad luck other times kept the game scoreless until the Patriots got a goal from senior midfielder Shannon Seipp late in the first half.
Late in the game, the Hawks' efforts paid off.
"After all the hard work, it felt like we deserved it," said Lewis, who now has four goals. "We had a lot of possession, but they're a very good team, so it was hard to come back from that one goal. We kept ourselves motivated and we kept getting chances, so we knew one would go in."
For Lewis and the Hawks, it was two goals, her first coming off an assist from junior midfielder Sam Goertler.
"The girls did a good job," River Hill coach Joan Kelso Smedley said. "They didn't give up and they kept going at them, just kept going to the ball and running through the ball and they wanted it. Both teams played well, it was a nice possession game and fun to watch.
"Kara has been working hard on finishing, so this is good for her. It builds her confidence. She works hard, so she deserves them."
The Patriots (0-2-1) found plenty of positives without the result, but coach Gary Lynch is confident things will come around as a new defense settles in along with new roles for other players.
"It's really tough and we should have been able to do it. We had the opportunities and we didn't do it, but we'll be fine," he said.