Cody Abraham named as Taylor County Athlete of the Week


This week’s Taylor County Athlete of the Week has been selected for his game winning goal on Saturday. 

Grafton High School Bearcat soccer team member Cody Abraham led his team to Region II Section I Championship victory over the Robert C. Byrd Eagles. 

In the 1-0 second overtime win that captured the title for the Bearcats, it was Abraham with the lone goal on the night. 

Abraham’s goal came five minutes into the second overtime, off an assist from fellow Bearcat Colton Sanders.

 After an intense back-and-forth battle, he received the pass and sent it right past the Eagles’ goalkeeper and into the back of the net, to give Grafton the 1-0 victory and title of Region II Section I Champions.

In addition, his goal and the win sent the Bearcats on to the next round for a chance at the Region II title, something the team had not had a shot at since 2016. 

While his goal alone is more than worthy of recognition, Abraham also possesses qualities that make him an excellent athlete all the way around and has been a vital part of the team’s success all season.

Abraham committed to the Bearcat soccer program as a freshman, and upon entering his senior year as captain, that commitment never wavered, taking that leadership role on seriously.

Head Coach Arthur Knight shared that it is that same commitment displayed by Abraham that has made him a great leader for the Bearcats.

Although he is described as a naturally a quiet person, his ability to maintain composure and remain mentally focused in critical situations speaks volumes to the strong athlete he has grown to be and also earned him the nickname “Big Game Cody.”

Abraham has primarily played on the offensive side of the ball for the Bearcats, switching between forward and midfield. 

He is said to possess a good field vision, and as a true team player, he is always looking to include his fellow teammates in the attack. 

“His play Saturday in the Sectional Final is a good example of how he never gives up, as well,” Knight commented. “He was questionably called offsides on a scoring chance early in the game and then missed a close shot later. Instead of hanging his head and feeling sorry for himself, he promptly ended the game in the second OT with a great finish. He will be missed next year!” 

Congratulations Cody, and best of luck to you on your future endeavors. 

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