Association Football Club Ann Arbor are pleased to announce the addition of Ann Arbor native, Julia Crowe. As the defender looks forward to her first season with AFCAA Crowe is “most excited to just play in my hometown again, with its name on my jersey.”
Crowe’s soccer career started at a young age. After quickly picking up the sport Crowe says it was actually assistant coach Barry Scott that convinced her and her parents to try club soccer when she was in 3rd grade. This lead to her playing five seasons for the Michigan Jaguars. She helped the team to two State Cup Championships and two Premier MRL Championships while also competing at nationals in 2015.
Crowe went on to be a four-year letter winner at Pioneer High School, leading Pioneer to the district championship in 2013 and back to the district finals in 2014. Her nine goals and five assists as a senior garnered second-team All-State honors along with first-team all-region, all county and all conference honors.
At the collegiate level, Crowe played with the Akron Zips for her freshman year before transferring to Michigan State University where she is currently a junior. A backline warrior, Crowe has had multiple 90-minute appearances for the Spartans proving her reliability and toughness.
In the past she has bounced around summer teams just trying to stay in shape and on her game. “But AFC is not just an opportunity to stay in one space, it’s an opportunity to play for my hometown again. I haven’t been able to play for Ann Arbor since high school and I am very excited to do it again.” Crowe is also excited to play for both of her former coaches again.
Self described as a tough player, Crowe plays outside back and likes to include herself in the offense as well. “I hope that this will help the Mighty Oak during their inaugural season!”
About AFC Ann Arbor
Founded in 2014, Association Football Club Ann Arbor launched it’s men’s semi-pro team in 2015 and has competed in the NPSL since 2016. Led by Head Coach & Sporting Director, Eric Rudland, the team has found great success winning back to back Great Lakes Championships (‘17 & ‘18) and earning US Open Cup bids three straight years (2017-2019). In October 2018, the club announced the launch of the women’s side, who will be skippered by Andy “Pritch” Pritchard in their inaugural season of the United Women’s Soccer national league. Owned and operated by a group of local soccer fans and entrepreneurs, AFC Ann Arbor has become a fixture in the greater Ann Arbor community.