Nationally ranked foes on 2014 slates for Blue Devils

The national 2014 pre-season rankings in NCAA Division III men’s and women’s soccer were released Monday, and five Fredonia opponents are on them.

The highest-ranked team on either Blue Devil schedule are the No. 1 William Smith women, who’ll play host to the Blue Devil women Sept. 20 at Geneva. The last time the teams met there, the Herons were ranked No. 1 before the Blue Devils pulled off a 1-0 upset on Sept. 15, 2012. The Herons earned a 6-0 win last season in Fredonia.

The Fredonia women will play two other teams currently ranked nationally – No. 24 Oneonta on Oct. 24, and No. 21 Rochester Institute of Technology on Oct. 28. Both games will be played at University Stadium.

Meanwhile, the Fredonia men have one game against a team in the national pre-season poll – No. 24 Dickinson on Aug. 30 at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. In addition, the Blue Devils will face Oneonta, which received votes in the national poll yet did not crack the top 25, on Oct. 24 at Oneonta.

The rankings were compiled and distributed by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Both Blue Devil teams will report to campus later this week to begin preseason drills.