Guernsey, DeGrazia named to NCCAA All-Central Region 2nd-team list

Sam Guernsey was one of two OC players named to the All-NCCAA Central Region second-team honor list.
Sam Guernsey was one of two OC players named to the All-NCCAA Central Region second-team honor list.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 28, 2012) – The postseason honors continue to roll in for Oklahoma Christian men’s soccer players Domenico DeGrazia and Sam Guernsey.

Guernsey and DeGrazia learned this week they have been named to the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region’s second-team honor list. Both of them made the list as midfielders.

The NCCAA Central Region award comes on the heels of the duo being named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer South Central Region second-team honor list. On that list, DeGrazia was listed as a midfielder, Guernsey as a defender. Guernsey played both positions in 2012.

DeGrazia earlier joined OC freshman midfielder Ricardo Chinchilla and senior midfielder-forward Tommy Guernsey on the All-Heartland Conference second-team list after the Eagles finished an 8-9 season. OC is in the first year of the NCAA Division II membership process and its first year of membership in the Heartland.

DeGrazia led the Eagles in both goals (eight) and assists (seven). The sophomore from Caracas, Venezuela, 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.

Sam Guernsey, a sophomore from Broken Arrow, was honored 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.

The NCCAA’s No. 1-ranked team, Oklahoma Wesleyan, dominated the NCCAA All-Central Region list with 10 honorees – six on the first team, four on the second team. OWU’s Lucas Cordeiro was named as the region’s player of the year while the Mid-America Christian coaching tandem of Zach Bice and Evan Dresel shared regional coach of the year honors.