Head Coach Aidan Heaney and his Seahawks head to Columbus, Ohio, this weekend as they open their 2013 season with a pair of tough matches at the Wolstein Classic, hosted by Ohio State, beginning on Friday with the Buckeyes at 7:30 p.m.

UNCW will close out its tournament appearance on Sunday with a noon start against Cincinnati.

The Seahawks, who enter their 13th season under the direction of Heaney, return six of their top seven scorers from last season, including first-team All-Colonial midfielder Jamie Dell and All-Rookie honoree Colin Bonner. Dell notched a career-high 12 points on four goals and a team-leading four assists. Bonner, meanwhile, led the side with 14 points on a team-leading six goals and two assists. He became the first Seahawk rookie to lead the team in points since Allen Lomax did so in 2007.

In a pair of exhibition games, UNCW posted a 1-0-1 record with a rousing 6-1 win over Longwood and a 1-all draw at NC State. Bonner scored twice against Longwood, while Mateo Cardona scored a goal in both games and added an assist against Longwood.

Friday’s game with host Ohio State is the first meeting between the two programs as well as UNCW’s first game against a member of the Big 10. The Buckeyes looks to a recruiting class that was ranked 29th nationally by CollegeSoccernews.com after finishing the 2012 season with a record of 6-10-3 and falling to Northwestern in the first round of the Big 10 tournament. Buckeye coach John Bluem enters his 17th season at the helm of the program.

Cincinnati will be the second test for the Seahawks on Sunday. The Bearcats, who are now members of the American Athletic Conference, finished 6-9-4 overall and 3-3-2 in the Big East, one of the toughest conference in the nation. UC returns 15 letter winners from 2012, including preseason All-AAC defender Richardo Israel. The Bearcats managed just 12 goals offensively, but also dug in defensively, allowing just 22 goals in 19 games.

Friday’s game with Ohio State will be streamed by the Big 10 Network (BTN.com). Both of UNCW’s game will feature live stats. Links to video and live stats can be found at UNCWsports.com.