Amanda Dennis tries to stop the ball during a women’s goalball match against Brazil at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on August 25, 2021 in Chiba, Japan.
Barely 12 seconds later, the United States took the lead as Dennis threw a ball off the post and into the net to make it 2-1. The United States had a two-goal cushion when Mason found the back of the Brazil net with 7:34 left in the first half.
Another costly penalty from Brazil saw Mason score her second goal of the day and give the Americans a 4-1 lead.
Victoria Amorim brought Brazil to less than two goals when she scored with 3:59 to go, and the first half ended with the United States in the lead 4-2. Without the two successful penalty shots, the game would have been tied by then.
With her second goal, Dennis pushed the Americans 5-2 with 10:32 left in the game.
Gomes gave Brazil an offensive boost when she made her Paralympic debut in the second half. His 8:06 goal made it 5-3. Another score from Gomes made it a one-goal game with 5:06 to go.
But Brazil’s penalty woes struck once again at the 3:04 mark, and Dennis converted the throw which counted for the final score of 6-4.
Five of the six US players on this team were members of the unit that won the bronze medal in Rio in 2016. Brazil placed fourth in the tournament.
Since women’s goalball was added to the Paralympic Games in 1984, the United States has won a pair of gold, two silver and two bronze. Americans are chasing their first gold medal since 2008.
The United States continues the Group D preliminary round on Friday against Egypt.
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