No sophomore slump for unlikely Yale star

Sophomore Emma Whitfield, one of only six field players to start each of the team's first 10 games, has been a rare gift for Yale, writes Graham Hays.

Updated: October 5, 2006, 9:47 AM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Minutes into Yale's practice Friday, with sophomore star Crysti Howser already on the sideline after turning an ankle while warming up, a car traveling on one of the roads adjacent to the practice field plowed into the back of a stopped semitrailer, leaving the occupants unhurt but the car far the worse for wear.

Apparently, the bad luck that has plagued the women's soccer team is seeping into the soil in New Haven.

Howser recovered in time to play all 90 minutes ...

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