The Ocean City High School field hockey team will face a big challenge Wednesday against Moorestown in a state Group III semifinal at Hightstown High School.
The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday but weather concerned forced the NJSIAA to push it back a day.
Important news regarding the state field hockey tournament:— NJSIAA (@NJSIAA) November 6, 2018
Due to the inclement weather forecast, all FH state-semifinal games have been postponed to Wed, Nov 7th...same locations and times.
Moorestown (20-1-1) is the defending state Group III champion and has been ranked No. 2 all season in The Press Elite 11. The game will start at 6 p.m.
Ocean City (19-3-1) is the South Jersey Group III champion and ranked fourth in the Elite 11. The Red Raiders defeated Clearview Regional 3-1 on Thursday in the S.J. final.
Moorestown won its fifth straight Central Jersey Group III title with a 7-0 victory over Burlington Township.
Moorestown went 8-0 to win the Burlington County League. The Quakers lost to top-ranked Eastern Regional 2-1 and tied Rumson-Fair Haven 3-3.
Ocean City won the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference, going 14-0, and its nonvictories are also against top competition. The Red Raiders lost to West Essex 2-1 (Moorestown beat West Essex 3-1). O.C. also lost to defending Tournament of Champions winner Oak Knoll 5-0 and to Bishop Eustace 3-1. The Red Raiders tied Haddonfield 1-1.
“Moorestown is a good opponent, and we’re looking forward to a great semifinal matchup,” Ocean City coach Kelsey Mitchell said.
The winner will advance to the state final on Saturday at Bordentown Regional High School.
Ocean City beat Moorestown in 2014 (1-0), 2015 (5-2) and 2016 (2-1) in the state Group III semifinals and won its most recent state championship in 2016.