The Gatorade State Girls Soccer Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
For a list of the other Gatorade State girls Soccer Players of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Alley Houghton
School: Lafayette (Oxford, Miss.)
Athletic achievement: She scored 71 goals and passed for 10 assists this past season, leading the Commodores (19-3) to the Class 4A state final. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year, Houghton concluded her prep career with 250 goals, shattering the state record. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, she is also a two-time Clarion-Ledger First Team All-State honoree.
Academic excellence: Houghton has maintained an A average.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Oxford Humane Society and the Special Olympics.
“I think I’ve seen her make more shots than she’s missed,” said Mac Holland, head coach at Pontotoc High. “She’s just so fast and her placement and accuracy are amazing. She understands the game so well and knows how to manipulate a defense. It makes her almost impossible to stop.”
THE FUTURE: Houghton has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at the University of Mississippi this fall.