From one bus ride to another, with a promise in between.
A year ago, during Farmingdale's long and somber trip back from Brookhaven, following a Long Island championship game in which it blew a late lead, Nadine Hadnagy swore to her coaches she would never again allow her team to fail on the grand stage.
"I told them that, for my senior year, we were going back to states," the midfielder said. "Every game, Tracy Wiener would remind me of the promise, and I'd say, 'We're going upstate. We're getting on that bus!' "
Hadnagy, true to her word, scored four goals, including the Dalers' last two as they held on to beat Bay Shore, 12-11, Sunday and capture their first Long Island Class A title since 2010.
"This was redemption," defender Samantha Brescia said. "This was for last year."
And against the same opponent. Last season, Farmingdale lost a four-goal lead late and fell in overtime. Yesterday, it led by three late . . . and Bay Shore closed within one with 2:30 left.
"It was a little deja vu," Brescia said. "I remembered how we had it last year and let it slip, but that wasn't going to happen again."
Tara Wahl and Emily Marlow each scored twice, Bridget and Brenna Weill each had a goal, and Hadnagy added two assists. Olivia Kirk made 10 saves for Farmingdale (14-3), which will face Penfield in Friday's state semifinals at SUNY-Cortland.
For what it's worth, the Dalers beat Penfield, 17-4, during the regular season last year.
"The feeling is indescribable right now, especially compared to the heartache we felt a year ago after this game," said Kirk, who had two stops of point-blank shots in the second half. "After experiencing what we did then, we just believed this was going to be ours."
Bridget Weill's goal had Farmingdale up 8-5 in the first half, but Kaitlyn Arnold tied it at 9 with 17:12 left. Amanda Turturro retook the lead, beating a double team with a reverse pivot, at 15:14. Hadnagy later drove off the right wing, absorbed contact, and scored from 4 yards to make it 12-9 with 12:20 left.
Cynthia Del Core and Kyra Harney each scored three goals and Carly Cox had two for Bay Shore (18-2), which reached last year's state semifinal and entered this game ranked sixth in the country.
"Bringing the championship back to the Dale is a fantastic feeling," Farmingdale coach Shari Campbell said. "Coming into this game as an underdog, I think, helped us in a way. It took some of the pressure off."
Any memories of last year? "Yes! But I told the girls that if we had a two-goal lead late, we could hold on," Campbell said.
Goals by Katie Kirk and Harney pulled Bay Shore within 1 late, but Farmingdale gained possession and held on.
It was all laughs and photographs as the Dalers' team bus pulled out of Adelphi, but there was a necessary pit stop. The team went to a Mexican restaurant and loaded up . . . on Campbell's dime.
"We're gonna enjoy this!" Turturro said.
After all, Coach promised.