Monte Vista High girls soccer team newcomer Dana Outcalt made a smashing East Bay Athletic League debut Thursday night.
The junior scored on a header off a Chelsea Barry corner kick in the 32nd minute as the Mustangs topped host California 1-0 in the teams' league openers.
"Coming in I was really excited to bring something new to the team," said Outcalt, who played basketball as a freshman and sophomore. "I think scoring off a corner to start the league is a really great feat. I'm really excited that I could contribute to the team."
The Mustangs' win came with a price. Barry suffered an ankle injury in a collision about six minutes after her assist, and then Hailey Balma suffered a shin injury colliding with Grizzlies goalkeeper Lauren Holden on a 1-on-1 chance six minutes into the second half.
"It's a start," said Monte Vista coach Brett LeQuesne, whose team improved to 2-0-1 overall. "Obviously, we'd rather have done it without two injuries."
Outcalt said the injuries brought a "new fire" to the Mustangs each time, helping them finish strongly.
California coach Lee Munson thought his makeshift defense held up well against the defending North Coast Section Division I champions.
Munson played standout midfielder Rachel Feldman at center back to fortify the back line.
"I was very pleased with everything," said Munson, whose teams' overall record dipped to 3-3. "We've been working on our tactics, and they stayed
Holden, who made 10 saves, made a brilliant stop right before the Mustangs scored. She dropped abruptly to her right to turn back a shot by Mallory Hromatko.
On her goal, Outcalt timed her leap perfectly and gave Holden no chance. Barry's dipping cross was well placed from the left.
"I thought it was coming in too high, and I jumped for it and it went right over the goalie's hands," Outcalt said.
Both teams knew it would take something special to get the ball past Holden.
"I like to say she's the best goalkeeper in the league," Munson said.
Ygnacio Valley 3, Northgate 1: The Warriors scored two goals in the final 13 minutes to earn a Diablo Valley Athletic League win over the host Broncos.
Northgate keeper Max Sonnier finished with 11 saves, including several of the outstanding variety. But Jamari Pope's goal in the 67th minute and Mario Mendez's strike from point-blank range in the 71st minute helped Ygnacio Valley (4-1-1, 1-0 DVAL) collect all three points.
"The good thing is that we stayed patient," Ygnacio Valley coach Cesar Chavez said. "We kept pushing, and the goals came after that."
The lone goal for Northgate (5-1-2, 0-1 DVAL) came in the seventh minute by Brandon Bolender. Carlos Ramos tied it for the Warriors in the 18th minute.
-- Matt Smith, correspondent