Energy FC took one second-half shot, but it was the shot it didn’t take that might have played the biggest role in the game.
Steven Perry, a Bishop McGuinness alum, took a pass ahead of the defense and had a one-on-one opportunity with McCarthy. McCarthy dove for the stop, tripping Perry. No call was made.
Nielsen said it was a bad call and that McCarthy told him after the game he knew it was a penalty.
“We just got to live with it. It’s part of the game,” Nielsen said. “I’m not angry with it. He sees something different, but the fact is that’s a PK.”
Oklahoma City had one other opportunity to score in the two minutes of stoppage time, but a turnover killed its chance. Rochester carried possession through the final whistle.
Energy FC remains at home for the next four games. Sacramento returns to Oklahoma City on Saturday at 7 p.m. looking to avenge a 2-0 loss to Energy FC last weekend.