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TRACKING THE GRADS: Men's soccer players excelling in college

Dom Dismuke — The Decatur graduate is playing his freshman season at the University of Washington as a forward. Dismuke redshirted last year for the Huskies and has played in four games this season.

Washington remains undefeated on the year at 7-0-2 and is the third-ranked team in the nation. The Huskies will take on No. 2 California (6-0-1) at 11 a.m. Sunday. The game will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.

Jim Oganga — The Thomas Jefferson grad was recently added to the University of Washington's roster on Sept. 30. Oganga played last season at Highline Community College and is a sophomore for the Huskies.

In his one season at Highline, Oganga scored 13 goals and 30 games for the Thunderbirds. He was named to the NWAACC all-star team.

"Jim has an unreal soccer brain and mixes this with an incredible ability to take players on one v. one.  He will add an immediate punch in our attack and it's going to be fun to have him with us for the next few years.”

Troy Peterson — The Todd Beamer grad is playing his junior season at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. The midfielder has started seven games this season and has one assist.

The Cougars are currently 2-6-0 on the season with solid wins over Xavier and Winthrop. At Beamer, Peterson was a first-team, all-state selection as a senior and also played on the Sounders FC Academy squad.

"Troy is a tremendous two-way central midfielder who can set the tempo of a match," said Charleston head coach Ralph Lundy. "He has the ability to get forward and score goals and does well in possession also."

Ike Crook — The Beamer grad is playing his true freshman season at the College of Charleston. The midfielder has played in seven games this season and has five shots on goal.

“Ike is an extremely technical player who combines well and has the ability to beat players one-on-one," head coach Ralph Lundy said. "His soccer intelligence is what really separates him from other players. I’m very excited to start working with Ike.”

Sean Ugo Okoli — The Beamer grad is playing his junior season at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Okoli has played in all eight matches this season for the Demon Deacons and has one goal and one assist. Wake Forest is 5-2-2 on the season and ranked 24th in the nation.

Last season, the forward was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team selection. Okoli finished with a team-leading 11 goals. Okoli was the Class 4A state player of the year as a senior, played on the United States National Team and also was a member of the Sounder FC Academy squad.

Chase Hanson — The Thomas Jefferson grad is playing his junior season at Seattle University after transferring from Barry University in Florida. Hanson has played in nine matches this season and has one assist. Seattle U is 1-7-1 on the season. The midfielder was the SPSL North MVP as a senior at TJ.

Austin Sweeney — The Beamer grad is playing his sophomore season at Seattle University. The midfielder has played in seven matches this season and has two shots on goal for the Redhawks. Sweeney was an all-state selection during his senior season at Beamer and was a member of the Sounders FC Academy.

Josh Smith — The 2010 Decatur graduate is playing his senior season at Oregon State. Smith, a defensive midfielder, has played in all 10 of the Beavers' matches this season and has two goals and one assist. Oregon State is 7-3-0 on the season. Last year, Smith played in 14 games and was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic first-team.

Brandon Brockway — The Beamer grad is playing his sophomore season at the University of California-Santa Barbara. The defender has played in three of the Gouchos' games this season. Santa Barbara is 6-4-0 on the season. Brockway was an all-state selection during his senior season at Beamer and was a member of the Sounders FC Academy.

Tracking the Grads appears periodically in the Mirror detailing the college careers of area student-athletes. Let us know if we missed anybody at sports@fedwaymirror.com

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