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
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Oklahoma City Energy FC extended its unbeaten streak to five games with a 0-0 draw against the Rochester Rhinos in United Soccer League Pro division action Sunday night at Pribil Stadium. Energy FC is 2-0-3 in its last five games.

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.

“Listen, that’s a good team,” Kempin said of Rochester, which is 6-4-6 and fourth in the league. “I thought we came out well and on top. We didn’t play our best, but we still got a tie and I think it’s a good performance.”

Kempin said a change in mentality has resulted in change for Energy FC (4-7-3).

“We got knocked down for six in a row, and now we’ve stood tall for five in a row,” Kempin said. “So mentality and intensity in training and the whole team coming together and believing, (Energy coach) Jimmy (Nielsen) has really got us believing.”

Oklahoma City outshot Rochester 7-4 in the first half. Both Kempin and Rochester goalkeeper John McCarthy each had two saves. Rochester kicked it up a notch in the second half, outshooting Energy FC 7-1. Kempin said Energy FC did all it could to keep the Rhinos from scoring.

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by Chris Brannick
Copy Editor
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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