Chinchilla, DeGrazia, Guernsey make Heartland 2nd-team list
WACO, Texas (Nov. 7, 2012) – Oklahoma Christian men’s soccer players Ricardo Chinchilla, Domenico DeGrazia and Tommy Guernsey made the All-Heartland Conference second-team honor list, released Wednesday.
Despite posting a 7-7 record against league foes – which, had OC’s games counted in the conference standings, would have placed the Eagles third in the 10-team NCAA Division II league – and leading the league in goals per game and saves, OC didn’t have anyone named to the 14-man first-team list.
The league’s head coaches voted on the teams.
“These guys all had great seasons,” OC coach David Scott said. “It’s nice for them to be recognized in in our first season in the league and it’s an honor for them to be rewarded for all their hard work this season.”
Chinchilla, a freshman midfielder from Heredia, Costa Rica, had four goals and four assists this season, including one game-winning score. He made both of OC’s penalty kicks this season.
DeGrazia, a sophomore midfielder-forward from Caracas, Venezuela, led OC with eight goals and seven assists. He finished second in the conference in points (23), third in goals and tops in assists and shots (61). DeGrazia also scored three game-winning goals, tied for second-best in the league.
Guernsey, a senior midfielder-forward from Broken Arrow, was OC’s third-leading scorer with five goals and five assists. He tied for eighth in the conference in goals and fourth in assists and was sixth in points (15).
OC finished 8-9 overall in its first season since the university began the Division II membership process.
Daniel Riley of St. Edward’s (Texas) – which won the league title – was named as the league’s player of the year and offensive player of the year. Riley’s teammate, Gavin Bruce, was named as the defensive player of the year and St. Edward’s coach Brian Young received coach of the year honors. St. Mary’s (Texas) forward Jack Wolf was named as the freshman of the year.