It's almost become a rite of fall.
The field hockey rivals are set to meet for a fifth straight year at 6 p.m. in Saturday's title game at Bordentown Regional High School.
Warren Hills (20-4) advanced to the program's 11th state final with a 3-0 win over Freehold Borough in Thursday's semifinals. This will be the rubber match after splitting the last four championship games with Ocean City (21-3), which has won nine titles overall, including wins over the Streaks in 1999, '2001, '09, '12 and '13.
"Ocean City is a name we all knew on the high school level growing up," senior back Brie Schwab said following Warren Hills' 2-1 victory over West Morris in the North 1, Group 3 final on Nov. 4, the program's 14th sectional title and fifth in a row.
Schwab is part of just the fourth senior class to win sectional titles all four years for the Warren County school. The Kutzown University recruit also anchors a defense that will need to be on top of its game. Ocean City features a potent offense, led by all-time leading scorer Rialee Allen, one of nine seniors who has scored 45 goals this season and had the go-ahead goal in the 2014 final, which the Red Raiders eventually dropped, 5-4, in overtime. Juniors Shannon O'Reilly (23 goals) and Nicholl Fenton (19), two of eight returning starters in last year's final, are also players to keep an eye on.
Ocean City, which was a 2-1 winner over Moorestown in the other semifinal on Thursday, will certainly be fired up to redeem the losses in 2014 and '15.
"Sometimes it's nice to play different teams, but [my team] is playing really well right now," said second-year Warren Hills coach Kate Rothman, who is 9-1 overall in postseason games.
Here's a capsule look at the Group 3 final:
Coaches: Warren Hills (Kate Rothman, 43-7 in two seasons, and 63-41-3 overall, including stint at Lenape Valley); Ocean City (Cory Terry, 144-16 in seven seasons).
Group history: Warren Hills (Group 3 champion in 2014 and '15, runner-up in 1996, '99, 2000, '01, '03, '09, '12, '13). Ocean City (Group 3 champion in 1997, '98, '99, 2001, '02, '05, '09, '12 and '13, runner-up in '14, '15).
Players to watch: WH -- Jr. F Rebecca Sigman (17 goals, 10 assists); Jr. F-MF Tali Popinko (13 goals, 9 assists); Jr. F Alyssa Appleby (14 goals); Sr. F Caroline Cotte (11 goals); Jr. MF Mikayla Dugan (6 goals, 4 assists); Sr. GK Jackie de Raismes (10 1/2 shutouts). OC -- Sr. F Rialee Allen (45 goals, 30 assists); Jr. Shannon O'Reilly (23 goals, 9 assists); Jr. Nicholl Fenton (19 goals); Sr. Julia Herrington (18 goals, 9 assists); Sr. Britney Stein (16 goals); Sr. Grace Steele (10 goals, 6 assists).
Interesting fact: Warren Hills is the only school to beat Ocean City in a state final. Only Eastern (19), Moorestown (16), West Essex (16), which is in the Group 2 final, Shore Regional (15) and Shawnee (11) have won more titles than Ocean City.
Prediction: Warren Hills, 3-2.
Bridgewater-Raritan vs. Eastern, 10 a.m.
Madison vs. Haddonfield, noon
Oak Knoll vs. Bishop Eustace, 2 p.m.
West Essex vs. Rumson-Fair Haven, 4 p.m.
Warren Hills vs. Ocean City, 6 p.m.