DeGrazia named to NSCAA all-region 2nd-team list

OC sophomore Domenico DeGrazia was named to the All-South Central Region second-team list by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
OC sophomore Domenico DeGrazia was named to the All-South Central Region second-team list by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Dec. 5, 2012) – Oklahoma Christian midfielder-forward Domenico DeGrazia has been named to the NCAA Division II Men’s All-South Central Region second-team honor list by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America

The honor teams were announced earlier this week. It was the latest in a string of postseason awards given to DeGrazia, a sophomore from Caracas, Venezuela, who led OC in both goals (eight) and assists (seven) this season as the Eagles finished 8-9. DeGrazia was named to the NSCAA list as a forward.

“Domenico had a great year this year and he is very deserving of this honor,” OC coach David Scott said. “He played a big part in the success we had and its nice for him to be honored by the coaches in our region.”

DeGrazia first was named to the Heartland Conference’s second-team honor list as a forward. Then came a pair of honors as a midfielder – a selection to the Daktronics NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer South Central Region second-team squad, then a selection to the National Christian College Athletic Association’s Central Region second-team list.

OC is in the first year of the NCAA Division II membership process and its first year of membership in the Heartland Conference, in addition to being in its first year as an NCCAA member.

DeGrazia finished second in the Heartland 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.

Five other Heartland Conference players made the NSCAA list. Forward Danny Riley of St. Edward’s (Texas) was named to the first team, while defenders Gavin Bruce of St. Edward’s and Joan Vallejo of Texas A&M International , midfielder David Balyeat of Dallas Baptist (Texas) and forward Diego Manzano of Texas A&M International joined DeGrazia on the second team.