May 20, 1998
Northwestern Men's Soccer Adds Five Players to 1998 Squad
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Head coach Michael Kunert and the Northwestern men's soccer team will add five new players to compete beginning in the 1998 season. Justin Castillo (Los Angeles, Calif./North Hollywood), Dan Doman (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Detroit Country Day) and Louis Litrenta (Barrington, Ill./Fremd) have signed letters of intent, while Grant Trimble (Olathe, Kan./Olathe North) and Brice Blatz (Saratoga, Calif./St. Francis) have accepted their admission to Northwestern University and are expected to play for the Wildcats in the fall.
Midfielder Justin Castillo was his team's leading scorer the past three seasons, and earned first team all-league honors his senior season. The 1997 team captain and MVP led North Hollywood to the playoffs for the first time ever. Castillo also won varsity letters in tennis and football. He chose NU over UCLA, Duke, Brown, Amherst, Emory and California.
Defender Dan Doman posted 14 goals and 30 assists in his four-year high school career. An all-state, all-region, all-metro and all-county selection, he led his team to the Independent Region championship last year. The Detroit Country Day team MVP chose NU over Navy, Cornell and Michigan.
Forward Louis Litrenta scored 18 goals and 12 assists this past season. Litrenta had a spectacular state tournament as a senior, tying a three-year-old record with five goals in three tournament contests and scoring the game-winning goal in the state championship game. He earned a spot on the all-tournament team, in addition to his places on the all-conference and all-area teams. Litrenta chose NU over Dartmouth, Illinois, Boston College and William and Mary.
Midfielder Grant Trimble led Olathe North to a Sunflower League championship in 1997. He tallied 12 goals and six assists and was a first-team All-Sunflower League selection last season. He chose NU over Vermont, Washington University, Cincinnati and Davidson.
Midfielder Brice Blatz had 4 goals and 36 assists in his two years of varsity soccer. In 1997 and 1996, he helped his club team win the league championship. Blatz chose NU over Boston College, UC San Diego, Santa Clara and Brown.