United States' women’s team beat Denmark 7-3 as action began today at the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Goalball International Qualifier for Tokyo 2020 in Fort Wayne.
Eliana Mason was the star of the show for the hosts, netting five goals at the Indiana Tech venue.
"It’s great – we have been working so hard all year for this," she said.
"We stuck with the game plan and went off the way we were hoping to.
"No secret – we just trained really hard and practised hitting accurate spots, and we executed really well as a team."
Canada, the fourth-place finishers at the 2018 World Championships, suffered a shock 7-5 loss against Finland.
Israel defeated Britain 5-3, while Ukraine overcame Greece 8-2 and China only needed seven minutes to rip through Spain’s defence, finding the net an incredible 10 times to end the match early.
The one other women's game saw Germany draw 2-2 with South Korea.
There was disappointment for Rio 2016 Paralympic silver medallists the US in the men’s event as they lost 7-4 to Ukraine at Turnstone Centre for Adults and Children with Disabilities.
Paralympic champions Lithuania beat Sweden 14-6, while Turkey scored in the dying seconds to defeat Canada 5-4.
Among today’s other men's winners were Argentina, who overcame Greece 6-3.
There were also victories for Finland and South Korea with the former beating Poland 14-8 and the latter defeating Spain 6-2.
The event is one half of the IBSA Goalball and Judo International Qualifier for Tokyo 2020.
The quarter-finals and placement games are due to take place on July 8 and will be followed by the medal matches one day later.
The top two teams in each gender will secure their place at Tokyo 2020.
The Judo International Qualifier for Tokyo 2020 is scheduled to start tomorrow.