UNCW Men's Soccer hosted the 12th annual Seahawk Soccer Open Friday afternoon, their main fundraiser each season for the program.
Businesses from all around the Wilmington community sponsored and supported the event.
The event raises thousands of dollars each year for a team that has made its mark on the national level, attaining a ranking as high as #14 in the country last year.
"It's been a great turnout. We got a lot of support from the community. It's a great day," said head coach Aidan Heaney.
Last season, the Seahawks finished 8-8-3, qualifying for the CAA Tournament. Three players from that team are now in the professional ranks; Michael Mecham with the Hammerheads, Colin Bonner with FC Dallas in the MLS, and Sean Melvin with the Vancouver Whitecaps 2.
"We had some huge wins," said Heaney. "Credit to our players, we had some talented players, and it's really cool to see them move on to the professional ranks."
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