SOCCER

Hudson's Will Jackson

among 2019 UA recruits

The University of Akron soccer team announced four players in the early 2019 signing period, including Will Jackson of Hudson.

Joining Jackson will be Grant Abbott (Decatur, Ill.), Henrique Cruz (Fortaleza, Brazil) and Johnny Fitzgerald (Tallahassee, Fla.).

Jackson is a versatile forward who played with the Internationals Academy in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, where he was a four-year team captain en route to recording 51 career goals.

Abbott is a goalkeeper who helped his St. Louis FC team qualify for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs in 2018.

Cruz is a midfielder who helped his St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.) team capture back-to-back national and New Jersey State Prep A titles in 2017 and 2018.

Fitzgerald, a center midfielder, played with the Barca Academy, which is part of the FC Barcelona Residency Academy in Arizona.

All four have enrolled at UA for the 2019 spring semester and will be eligible to compete for the Zips during the spring exhibition season.