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•Offensive Player to watch
Jack Ward - Tied for second on team with three goals as a freshman. "Jack prepared for the season, he's fit, strong and brings confidence with him. He's been sharp around the box."
•Defensive Player to watch
Jacob Vancompernolle - Notched two goals in his first two games of his career and settled into center back position. "Jacob's looking to build upon last year. He had a strong summer with the Dallas Texans. We'll need his leadership this season."
•Midfielder to watch
Mateo Cardona - Entered lineup midway through freshman season and gave UNCW strong minutes off the bench. "Mateo is a dynamic playmaker for us. and has been impressive in all aspects during training."
•Schedule Notes

- The Seahawks will play 11 home matches, nine in the regular season, including the annual UNCW Hilton Garden Inn Classic (Sept. 14, 16).
- Including exhibition games, the Seahawks will play seven teams that played in the 2011 NCAA tournament. The teams combined for a 9-7-1 record.
- St. Mary’s reached the quarterfinal round while Charlotte advanced to the finals.
- The Seahawks face a daunting stretch when they take on three NCAA tournament programs in James Madison (Oct. 10), Old Dominion (Oct. 13) and Georgia State (Oct. 17). All three matches will be played at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

•Season Notes
Head Coach Aidan Heaney enters the season with a record of 95-95-22 in 11 seasons with the Seahawks.He's second to Calvin Lane (129) in most wins by a UNCW coach.
The Seahawks had four players sign professional contracts off the 2011 squad. Brandon Miller (Rochester), Daniel Roberts (Wilmington), Christian Davidson (Wilmington) and Josh Boone (Dayton). All played in the United Soccer League.

UNCW opens its 12th season under the direction of Head Coach Aidan Heaney when it hosts NCAA championship finalist Charlotte on Aug. 14, in the first of two exhibition games that also includes a home date on Aug. 18 with NC State.

The Seahawks open the regular season with a home game against in-state rival UNC Greensboro on Aug. 24.

The Seahawks are coming off a 4-12-2 season and return six players who started at least 10 games in 2011. UNCW will need to fill openings in goal and attacking midfielder with the graduations of All-CAA selections Brandon Miller and Daniel Roberts, respectively. Miller made 68 saves on the season and played every minute of the season. Roberts, meanwhile, finished with a goal and five assists despite injuries limiting him to 12 games.

Heaney welcomes 15 newcomers to the program in 2012, a class that is large in size and deep in ability.

On defense, which has always been a focal point during Heaney's tenure, the Seahawks finished 10th in the CAA in goals against average (1.61), following injuries to Christian Davidson that limited him to 11 games overall and just one in the fina three weeks of the season. He didn't appear in a game until Sept. 17 against William & Mary. During that time, VanCompernolle and Parrish gained experience which they hope carries into this season. Parrish had played midfield as a freshman and moved to the backline as a sophomore.

Forward
Return: Jack Ward (R-So.), Thomas Driver (Sr.), David Sizemore (So.), Jose Garcia (Fr.)
Incoming: Joel Perrell (Fr.), Jordan Cordero (Fr.), Nathaniel Goodwin (Fr.), Colin Bonner (Fr.)

Heaney on forwards: "We have a lot of creativity in the group. The ability to also be interchangable in the front will help us. Jose Garcia has been very strong in training."

Midfield
Return: Mateo Cardona (So.), Matt Feigler (So.), Etienne Boulanger (Sr.), , Jamie Dell (So.)
Incoming: Michael Mecham (Fr.), Daniel Escobar (Fr.)Matt Tysinger (Fr.), Sanitago Pantiño (Fr.), Gennaro Tecchia (Sr.), Hunter Bigler (Fr.)

Heaney on midfielders: "Eteinne returns after playing for Vermont of the PDL. He's been strong and will again be a contributer for us. We have depth that will allow us to try different combinations. Michael Mecham has stepped up in training, very strong/phycial player."

Defender
Return: Jacob VanCompernolle, Michael Parrish (Jr.), Michael Recchia (Sr.), Mark Harris (So.),
Incoming: Spencer Tayloe (So.), Hannes Schmitz (Fr.), Andrew Barber (Fr.)

Heaney on defenders: "We return all four from last year's defensive backline. They're continung to improve on a daily basis and getting on the same page as to how we want to defend."

Goal
Return: Brandon Bolen (So.)
Incoming: Sam Williams (Fr.), Brad Newman (So.)

Heaney on goalkeepers: All three have battled during training and each brings different qualities to the position. We'll have t osee who will take hold of the spot."

Exhibition Scores Since 2000

2000

9/2 Louisburg W 3-1

2001 8/25 at Methodist T 1-1; 8/25 Louisburg W 3-0
2002 8/20 Methodist T 0-0; 8/25 Duke L 3-0
2003 8/24 Greensboro W 1-0
2004 8/28 at Charlotte T 1-1
2005 8/27 North Carolina L 2-1
2006 8/15 Wake Forest L 3-0; 8/19 Charlotte T 1-1
2007 8/17 Francis Marion W 2-0; 8/25 at Charlotte L 3-1
2008 8/23 Denver W 3-1
2009 8/18 Francis Marion W 3-0; 8/23 at Winthrop W 2-1
2010 8/21 North Carolina L 1-0; at UAB L 3-0
2011

8/20 North Florida W 3-0