University of Akron men's soccer coach Jared Embick announced the addition of four players for the spring semester Wednesday.
St. John’s University transfer Sean Sepe and freshmen Bryce Cregan, Rich Laryea and Nathan Quirk and are currently enrolled in classes at UA and will be eligible to compete this spring.
“We have added four very talented players that fit well into the Akron style of play,” Embick said in a press release. “They bring skill, technique, intelligence and a winning mentality to the field. We are excited to incorporate them into the team for the spring semester.”
Sepe helped lead the Red Storm to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last fall with a team-high six goals, including a trio of game winners, and three assists as a sophomore. In all, the forward appeared in 19 games while making 14 starts and earned All-Big East Second Team honors. The native of West Islip, N.Y. was an ESPN High School All-American after scoring 18 goals and adding three assists as a senior at West Islip High School.
Cregan is a veteran of the U.S. Youth National Team system, having made eight international appearances, and a current member of the Under-17 Men's National Team. The defender earned NSCAA Youth All-American honors as a standout for the PA Classics of the U.S. Soccer Federation Development Academy after playing two seasons at Dallastown Area High School in Pennsylvania. He is a four-star recruit and the No. 2-rated prospect in his state, according to Top Drawer Soccer.com.
Quirk comes to Akron after having trained at Liverpool Academy in England with current Zips freshman Sam Gainford. The attacking-minded midfielder, who began training with the academy since age nine, was first called up to the Liverpool Under-18 team in 2011-12 and went on to earn a starting role. Laryea was recently called up to the Canadian Under-18 Men's National Team after starring at midfield for Sigma FC in Toronto.
Embick led UA (17-4-1) to Mid-American Conference Regular Season and Tournament championships and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in his first season as head coach of the Zips.
Akron finished the regular season ranked No. 7 in the nation, according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll, and took a 10-game unbeaten streak into the NCAA Tournament. The Zips added one more victory to that total by knocking off 2012 NCAA Champion Indiana in the first round of play before suffering a 1-0, overtime defeat at No. 9-seed Marquette in the following match.
2014 Zips Men's Soccer Roster Additions
Bryce Cregan, D, 6-0, 145, Dallastown, Pa. (Dallastown Area HS/PA Classics)
Rich Laryea, M, 5-9, 150, Toronto, Ont. (Dante Aligheri Academy/Sigma FC)
Nathan Quirk, F, 5-10, 155, Liverpool, England (Liverpool FC Academy)
Sean Sepe, F, 5-11, 150, West Islip, N.Y. (West Islip HS/Commack SC United/St. John's [N.Y.])