When Catonsville defeated the Charles County Community College's women's soccer team, 4-1, on Saturday, the Cardinal ended the Hawks' three-game winning streak. Catonsville also ended Charles County's run of three matches with the luxury of having a substitute player available when Hawks forward Erica Pickens (La Plata High) was taken off the field in an ambulance just 15 minutes into the match.

Pickens took an elbow to the back of her head and was released from the hospital that night with a strained neck muscle, Charles County Coach Bill Ellin said. Until the stiffness in Pickens's neck abates and she returns to the lineup, the Hawks (4-4-1) will have only 11 players on the roster.

"I had quite a few girls lined up a month before practice started, but when it came down to crunch time, they were working or transferring or just going to school part time," Ellin said. "I had to really get out and scramble to find some girls. But I found some excellent soccer players."

Among his discoveries are stopper Jennifer Carter (Chopticon) and defender Jaimie Bradd (Westlake). Carter changed her mind about going away to school and has been a durable, imposing presence on the Hawks' defense, Ellin said. Bradd has impressed Ellin with her speed and ball distribution. Forward Valerie Raby (Westlake) has 11 goals and two assists this season.

Catonsville is ranked 12th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's junior college poll. Charles County enters the meat of its conference schedule this week. After playing Cecil at home yesterday, the Hawks will host Chesapeake at 4 p.m. today and Howard at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Men's Team Gets a Win

The men's soccer team won its first game of 1999 on Saturday, defeating Allegany, 3-1. Coach Carlos Silva began the season without eight players he projected as starters, and his makeshift team dropped its first seven matches, including four in overtime.

All-American forward Ricky Brown (Thomas Stone) scored all three goals against Allegany and has six for the season. Brown has made a verbal commitment to sign with UMBC in the next few days, Silva said.

"We don't have fresh legs to put in there, and we don't have the people to get the ball to [Ricky]," Silva said. "But I think the team is going to turn it around right now. I'm happy with the way we played last week."