Coached by Shawn Medved, whose claim to fame as a player is that he scored the tying goal in D.C. United's memorable comeback against the Los Angeles Galaxy to win the inaugural MLS Cup in 1996, the De Anza Force pulled the biggest upset on Day 1 of girls play at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships when the California team trounced the defending national champion Dallas Texans Red, 4-1, in under-16 play -- with all four of its goals coming in the first 25 minutes.
The Force, which qualified as Region IV runner-up when the Region IV champion So Cal Blues finished second in the National League, needed only four minutes to open the scoring thanks to Cristina Farrington. Alesha Blair had back-to-back goals in the 21st and 24th minutes, and Farrington gave De Anza the 4-0 lead with her second goal a minute later.
The Texans' U-16 team began its title defense with a 1-1 tie with GSA Phoenix Red of Georgia. The Texans defeated the So Cal Blues, 2-1, in their under-15 opener.
Eclipse Select, the only other club with three entrants in the girls competition, won two games, beating Internationals, 4-1, in U-17 play and Scorpions, 2-1, in U-14 action and tied Birmingham United SA, 2-2, in its U-19 opener.
The defending champion Colorado Rush Nike opened with a 2-1 win over FC Delco Fury II in the U-19 competition on goals by Portland star Danielle Foxhoven and USC's Brittany Kerridge.
The San Diego Surf, the U-15 National League champion, put up a five spot with the goals in its 5-0 win over St. Louis Scott Gallagher coming from five different players,