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Oklahoma City Energy FC: Energy, Rochester play to scoreless tie

Oklahoma City’s Jon Kempin, who earned league Goalkeeper of the Week two weeks ago, recorded his second straight clean sheet, stopping two shots. Kempin said it wasn’t the best performance, but his team has made significant improvements since losing six straight games earlier this season.
by Chris Brannick Published: June 22, 2014

“They did have a lot of good chances at the end,” Kempin said. “But I think we did well pressuring enough to force them to hit it over or miss a shot. We gave them enough pressure to not them get those chances.”

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.

by Chris Brannick
Copy Editor, OKC Energy FC Reporter
Chris Brannick is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he served as Sports Editor of The Vista, UCO's student newspaper. Originally from Utica, N.Y., he graduated from Sallisaw High School in 2003.
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