Fall River’s Crowe commits to UNB Reds women’s soccer team

Olivia Crowe is going back home—she’s committed to join the UNB Reds in the city she was born, Fredericton. (Submitted photo)

FREDERICTON, N.B.: Fall River striker Olivia Crowe is going back to the place she first called home.

The Lockview High soccer star has announced her intentions to join the UNB Reds women’s soccer team for the 2020 season.

The 17-year-old has signed a U SPORTS Letter of Intent, and will join the Reds beginning in the 2020 Atlantic University Sport (AUS) season.

“Olivia is a bit of a throwback attacking player,” said UNB coach Jon Crossland. “She’s comfortable with her back to the goal and bringing supporting players into the game, but she can also face forward to join in the attack to create opportunities.”

A member of Suburban FC since 2013, Crowe has been part of provincial championship winning teams at U14, U16, and twice at U17. She finished second in scoring at both the 2017 and 2018 U17 national championship tournaments.

Crowe has also been a member of Nova Scotia’s provincial team for six years, helping earn Atlantic titles at the U13 and U15 levels.

She’s a four-year veteran of the girls’ team at Fall River’s Lockview High School, where she served as captain in 2018 and 2019, and was named a Metro High School Girls Soccer League all-star in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

It will be sort of a homecoming for Crowe.

“I was born in Fredericton,” said Crowe. “I played at the BMO Centre during the 2017 national championship tournament. I fell in love with the school and the feel of the city. I felt at home.”

Crowe says she’s ready to return to Fredericton and get started. She will study Science.

“A short-term goal is to make a difference every time I step on the field, and to be an Academic All-Canadian,” she said. “My long-term goal is to be a key contributor, leader and role model on the team and in the community.”