Clara Luehrs stopped a penalty kick and the defense cleared an open shot on goal late in the second half to help Palo Alto preserve a 0-0 tie with host Mountain View in a Santa Clara Valley De Anza Division contest Tuesday.
"We went defensive," Vikings coach Kurt Devlin said. "In the past we've tried to attack Mountain View but it would come back to bite us with their counter attack."
Palo Alto's lone setback last season came at the hands of Mountain View, 2-0, during league play. The Vikings are unbeaten, but not untied, in 12 games since.
The Spartans (2-0-1, 8-0-2) are unbeaten in 33 of their past 34 matches. Their last regular season loss was to Palo Alto, 2-0, on Jan. 20, 2015. They beat the Vikings (1-0-1, 7-0-1) to win the CCS Division I title that year.
The rivalry has been fairly lop-sided in Mountain View's favor. Palo Alto last swept the season series in 2004-05. Since then, the Spartans are 14-2-6 against the Vikings.
"We've lost to them the last few years so we have to be happy with the tie," Devlin said. "We absorbed a little bit. We have some chances but they can better chances. Clara came up big, saving the game right there."
The Vikings don't want to be looking too far ahead, though the rematch, with Mountain View visiting Palo Alto, on Jan. 31, looms large.
In the second half, Palo Alto's best scoring chances were on a corner kick, taken by Emily Tomz, and a free kick by Ally Schreve.
Tess Preising had a good chance, Lauola Amanoni made a nice run and a sequence that featured Schreve, Chloe Japic, Tomz and Caroline Furrier resulted in an opportunity.
The Vikings host Homestead at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Gunn 3, Milpitas 2
The Titans extended their winning streak to three matches, all in SCVAL El Camino Division play, with the road win.
Recording her second hat trick of the season, junior forward-midfielder Natalie Hill broke the game open, scoring the first three goals of the game.
Hill scored in the 14th minute on a perfectly weighted through ball up the middle from sophomore center midfielder Hailey Leclerc.
In the second half, Hill converted a penalty kick in the 48th minute and then scored on a first-timer, taking the shot from the top of the six-yard box and assisted by senior forward Inger Smuts in the 66 minute. The Titans (3-0, 5-5-1) host Monta Vista next Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Menlo-Atherton 3, Carlmont 0
After scoring twice through their first four games, the Bears have collected eight goals in their last two matches.
Senior Katie Guenin has scored half of those goals, including a pair against the Scots, in the PAL Bay Division opener for both teams.
She scored the first goal with an assist from junior Mara Cavallaroto, whose crossing pass midway through the first half put M-A (1-0, 2-3-1) in front for good.
Guenin found herself in the right place again just before halftime. Junior Diana Morales' attempted shot was deflected by the goalkeeper, and Guenin deftly redirected it.
Morales scored the final goal, taking a pass from sophomore Yara Gomez Zavala Morales, and dribbling through several Carlmont defenders to shoot a perfect ball high into the net.
Breanna Sandoval recorded her second straight with a a little help fropm her defenders, which included Ali Sivilotti, eresa Amor, Grace Brieger, Olivia Shane, and Maggie Hall.
Menlo-Atherton hosts Burlingame in a PAL contest at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Pinewood 8, Eastside College Prep 0
Zarin Mohsenin and Hazel Skousen each scored twice and the host Panthers earned the WBAL Skyline Division victory over the other Panthers.
Caleigh Page had a goal and two assists, Emma Doettling had a goal and assist and Olivia Page and Arielle Beak also scored for Pinewood (1-2, 4-4-1), which plays at Woodside next Wednesday in a nonleague game.