Lake Park started well. Fenton finished better.
The Bison fought back after allowing an early goal to take a 2-1 boys soccer nonconference victory at Lake Park on Thursday night.
Lake Park scored in the third minute, senior James Proctor heading in a long Joe Keane throw-in.
"That's been one of our trouble spots this year is giving up goals early," Fenton coach David Alvarez said. "No matter what team you talk to, you don't give up a goal in the first five minutes. ... The good thing is there's 77 minutes after that."
"The first 10 minutes I thought the kids played well and then I think they began to control the game a little more and we began to defend," Lancers coach Anthony Passi said. "If you notice the last 10-15 minutes of the game it was more survival than anything else. We couldn't get the ball into the attacking half of the field."
Just nine minutes later, Fenton (8-9-3) struck back when senior Giovanni Bailon hit a 19-yard free kick on a rope into the upper corner of the Lake Park net, tying the game at 1.
"The free kick out of reach of the keeper," Alvarez said. "There was nothing he could've done about that. It was a great shot. Gio Bailon, the guy that scored that, he's in a rhthym right now."
"It was on top of the box, and we've been practicing all the time just trying to get it on target, on target," Bailon said. "And that's what I did, just shot it and it went in."
The game was decided in the 73rd minute when Fenton's Kevin Garcia was tripped just inside the Lake Park penalty area. Bailon stepped up and converted the penalty kick.
"I was pretty nervous because everyone was screaming," Bailon said. "But that gave me motivation too, because against (Riverside-Brookfield) I missed one too. It was in PKs, and I missed and I just said I can't miss, I can't miss again. I just shot it and it went in."
The loss was a tough one for the Lancers to take. After a 7-3 start to the season, they've gone 1-8-2 since.
"We're running out of luck a little now," Passi said. "We had a little luck on our side, and lady luck's not in our favor right now. It hurts. This one hurts."