The U.S. Under-17 women’s youth national team played Brazil to a 1-1 draw in its second group stage match of the U-17 Women’s World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India on Friday.

A goal from forward and World Cup debutant Nicollette Kiorpes earned the USA a point.

The USA leads Group A, level with Brazil on four points apeice but with a huge advantage in goal differential (+8 to +1). The Americans will look to book a spot in the knockout stage when they conclude group play on Monday, Oct. 17 in Goa against Morocco at 10:30 a.m. ET (FS2, Universo Digital Platforms).

The USA was the far better team for a large portion of the match, stringing together quick sequences of passes and creating dangerous chances. If not for Brazilian goalkeeper Leilane, who was spectacular while making six saves (several from point-blank range), the USA would have cruised to a comfortable win. The U.S. outshot Brazil, 19-14, but many of the South American side’s attempts came from distance. The USA also took seven corner kicks compared to none for Brazil.

Kiorpes scored in the 33rd minute. Making her World Cup debut, Kiorpes finished off a cross on the ground from forward Onyeka Gamero, nutmegging the goalkeeper on her first touch from six yards.

The lead didn’t last long as Brazil answered four minutes later. Midfielder Carol Chaves received the ball with her back to goal, turned and quickly fired a low, driven shot from 27 yards that snuck into the bottom right corner of the net.

The USA continued to press, creating chances, especially through Gamero on the right wing, but was lacking the finishing touch inside the box. Forward Amalia Villareal and defender Gisele Thompson each got in on goal, but Leilane kept the score level with several brave saves. Leilane earned her player of the game honors from FIFA.

Brazil had less success getting close to goal in the second half. Its best attempts came off a couple of long-range efforts around the 70th minute, the first of which went wide to the left. The second, a powerful dipping strike from Lara, was met with a good save from goalkeeper Victoria Safradin. Brazil also had two dangerous free kicks from just outside the box but couldn’t put either on frame.

Substitute Charlotte Kohler had an opportunity near the final whistle as she fired low from the center of the penalty box, but Leilane again was up to the task, making a nice kick save.

The match was played in severe humidity. Several Brazilian players were cramping up from the first half onwards. The USA tired at the end as well, with several players cramping. U.S. head coach Natalia Astrain made her five allowed substitutions in the second half.