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Attica Soccer Player's Goal a Heartfelt Triumph

By Jeff DiVeronica

All fall Cody Chesley kept telling his mother one thing about his final season on Attica’s boys varsity soccer team. “I just want to score a goal, Mom. If I could just score a goal,” the 17-year-old said.

It happened on Wednesday and his mother, Kim, said it was a dream come true. A senior with developmental disabilities, Cody entered a Section V Class B tournament match at Greece Odyssey late in the game with Attica down 5-0 and scored the first goal of his career.

Nothing was arranged prior by the coaches, Mike Jervis and James Stone (junior varsity) of Attica and Greece Odyssey’s Scott Mikulski. But late in the match Stone told Chesley to warm up. When he put him in with a few minutes left, his Attica teammates wanted to give him a gift he’d never forget.

Some Blue Devils players asked Odyssey players if they’d mind letting Chesley, a former BOCES student who wore leg splints to bed as a young boy because he had tight heel cords, score. He also was diagnosed with a mild form of cerebral palsy. He used to run on his toes and went through years of physical therapy, Kim Chesley said.

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