DANVILLE -- The battle for Danville girls soccer supremacy was a draw.
Host Monte Vista High and San Ramon Valley remained unbeaten for the season with a 0-0 tie in East Bay Athletic League action Tuesday afternoon.
The Mustangs, who got outstanding efforts from center backs Dana Outcalt and Maya Nielan and outside defenders Marissa Savoldi and Chelsea Barry, remain in first place at 13-0-2 overall and 6-0-1 in the EBAL.
San Ramon Valley (11-0-4 and 5-0-2) is in second place after its second straight tie.
The Mustangs appear to be marching in lockstep, gaining confidence as they go.
"We have a lot of individual talent that works really well together, and as a team we've all come together and really bonded," Outcalt said. "Even with the younger players, the freshmen and sophomores, we play well together. There is no age difference. We are just one team, one family."
The game showcased the grit, confidence and defensive organization of both highly regarded teams. Monte Vista created the better chances, hitting the crossbar twice and coming tantalizingly close on two other occasions. Wolves center back Summer Stamates played well in her first back from an ankle injury, and midfielder Rachel Speros also had an impact on the game.
The Mustangs started out forcefully and nearly scored in the 10th minute on a pretty play. Mallory Hromatko passed to Hailey Balma on the right, and her low cross went across the face of the goal, but a fast-closing Heidi Fuhriman just couldn't tap it in.
The Mustangs kept working well down the left side in the first half, and it nearly paid dividends in the 32nd minute.
Lindsay Rood fought through a defender after getting a pass from Hromatko, but her 25 yard blast hit the crossbar. In the 48th minute, the ever-dangerous Hromatko made a quick burst up the middle and skimmed the top of the crossbar with a shot.
The Wolves, the defending North Coast Section Division I champions who have reached the NCS championship game the last eight years, had trouble penetrating the stingy Mustangs defense.
Overall, play in the second half was direct without a lot of variety from either side. The Mustangs displayed such variety during a crisp first half.
"From our standpoint, we were rushing everything," Wolves coach Mark Jones said. "We couldn't get a rhythm. Our possession was off, and that's a compliment to Monte Vista because they were taking our rhythm. They didn't build much either, right? It was either direct or frantic (from both teams). There was not much settled about the game."
Monte Vista coach Brett LeQuesne was pleased with his team's effort. The Mustangs got caught on some counters late in the game when they were pushing hard up front.
"For the most part we were good. We were really good," LeQuesne said.
He added that he thought his two center backs, Outcalt and the freshman Nielan, were "fantastic".
What makes the Mustangs defense so had to break down?
"We just know as a back line we need to keep it tight. We need to keep it strong," Outcalt said. "We just need to play as a team, keep communicating. There's nothing really different that we did against San Ramon that we do against other teams."