COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 19, 2012) – Oklahoma Christian midfielder Domenico DeGrazia and defender Sam Guernsey have been named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer South Central Region second-team honor list, released Monday.
The all-region honors are the first for the OC men’s soccer program since the university began the Division II membership process in September. The Eagles finished 8-9 this season.
The South Central Region consists of teams from the Heartland, Lone Star and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferences.
“Making the all-region team is a great honor for both Sam and Domenico,” OC coach David Scott said. “Both of them had great seasons and I’m pleased that they were recognized, even though we were in our first season of playing against primarily Division II competition.”
DeGrazia led the Eagles in both goals (eight) and assists (seven). The sophomore from Caracas, Venezuela, finished second in the Heartland 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. He earlier was named to the all-conference second-team list.
Guernsey, a sophomore from Broken Arrow, didn’t make the all-conference list but the region’s sports information directors – who voted on the all-region squads – honored him for a season during which he had seven goals and four assists while also handling defensive duties along OC’s back line. He finished fourth in the conference in goals, sixth in assists and fifth in points (18).
He also made a memorable save during his one appearance in goal. After OC goalkeeper Tim Spencer was ejected from a game at St. Mary’s (Texas) with 17 seconds left, Guernsey stepped in and saved the ensuing penalty kick to preserve the shutout in a 2-0 win for the Eagles.
Only one other Heartland Conference school had anyone named to either the 13-man first-team or 13-man second-team all-region list – conference champion St. Edward’s (Texas), which had four first-team picks.
Junior forward Tesho Akindele of Colorado Mines was named as the region’s player of the year.