Wanderers had a 100 per cent record with three wins from three games going into this match and they were set back on their heels by the vigour of Victory’s start.
But they slowly began to work their way into the game and went close to an equaliser in the 18th minute when Amy Harrison’s shot from an Erica Halloway pass was deflected, bringing a fine save from Casey Dumont.
The Victory goalkeeper also had to be alert five minutes later when she had to save to deny Kyra Cooney-Cross as the visitors stepped up a gear in search of a leveller.
Allen was injured just after the restart and made way for Amy Jackson before Victory’s Grace Maher hit the crossbar from a free kick.
Wanders forward Kristen Hamilton drove into the Victory penalty area and went down under a Jenna McCormick challenge, but the referee ignored appeals for a penalty.
The Wanderers are a much more resilient outfit than in previous years and as the second half wore on the pattern was similar to the first, with the visitors coming more into the game.
Dumont again had to dive to her left on the hour mark to gather in a Cooney-Cross effort but within moments Wanderers were level.
Lynn Williams fastened onto the end of an Alexandra Huynh long ball and swept Angela Beard aside before controlling the ball, driving into the penalty area and finishing neatly past Dumont.
Hamilton then had a gilt-edged chance to put Wanderers in front after she was put through by a wonderful Williams pass only to sky her shot over Dumont’s bar. The same player then went close with a volley from Cooney-Cross’ delivery from the right.
Darian Jenkins made way for striker Rosie Sutton as Victory coach Jeff Hopkins looked to shake things up in the forward third, but it was Williams, with four minutes remaining, who nearly broke the deadlock at the other end. Victory substitute Lia Privitelli, chasing back, did just enough to force the American to shoot wide.
Hamilton almost stole the points in stoppage time only to see her shot come back off the woodwork before Dumont kept out Samantha Staab’s last gasp drive to ensure honours were even.
Michael Lynch is The Age’s chief soccer reporter and also reports on motor sport and horseracing