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Ole Miss soccer’s Alley Houghton to miss season with Achilles injury

Ole Miss’ soccer team will have to make another run at the NCAA Tournament this fall without Alley Houghton.

The former Lafayette High standout tore her Achilles tendon during a recent conditioning drill and underwent surgery Thursday. Recovery could take as long as a year, which means Houghton will miss the season.

A rising junior forward, Houghton initially revealed the injury with a post on her Instagram account earlier Wednesday. Ole Miss confirmed it through a spokesperson.

“Although I hit a bump in the road, this will only make me come back stronger for my senior season,” part of Houghton’s post read.

Houghton was a contributor her first two seasons after signing with Ole Miss as Lafayette’s first-ever Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year, seeing action in 33 matches. Last season, Houghton scored two goals and recorded five assists in 18 matches, three of which she started.

Ole Miss finished the season 10-7-3 with a 3-5-2 mark in SEC play. The Rebels earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons before bowing out with a first-round loss at Florida State.

The Rebels open this season with a home match against Louisiana on Aug. 17.

A six-year letterwinner for coach Melinda Scruggs at Lafayette, Houghton holds Mississippi’s high school record for career goals (250). Her sister, Maddy, will be a freshman for the Rebels this fall.