Tanager soccer splits against Black Hills opponents By Parker Knox, Sports Writer The varsity boysâ�?�? soccer season opened at Cotton Park last weekend as Vermillion split a pair of games against Black Hills opponents. The Tanagers spotted Hot Springs a first-half goal, then roared back to earn a 5-2 victory on Friday night.�? The next afternoon Vermillion fell victim to Custer by an 8-2 count. Coach Carlos Telleriaâ�?�?s club got no break from the state soccer organizationâ�?�?s schedule-maker.�? The Tanagers have to make the long trip to the Black Hills twice on successive weekends.�? This weekend they will play at St. Thomas More and Douglas, followed by matchups at Sturgis and Belle Fourche on Sept. 5-6. Matt Landers put Hot Springs on the board in the 23rd minute.�? Three minutes later the Tanagers nearly tied the game when a head-on shot by Tim Tigert was blocked in his chest by Bison goalkeeper T.J. Beougher. Five minutes after that, Beougher thwarted another close-in shot off Tigertâ�?�?s foot. Vermillion finally got the equalizer when Tanner Settles found the net 37 minutes into the game. Three minutes after halftime, the Tanagers took the lead for good when Levi Jamesâ�?�? corner kick curled around the near pole and into the net over Beougherâ�?�?s head. Defenseman Michael Dendinger cleared the ball straight down the center of the field about 13 minutes into the half. A couple of passes later, the ball was corraled by Tigert, who gave Vermillion a 3-1 edge. Steven Deal drove a shot into the net from head on for a 4-1 advantage. Hot Springs accomplished its second goal when the ball caromed off a Vermillion defender. James came within inches of offsetting that own goal when his laser shot slammed off the crossbar above Beougherâ�?�?s head.�? Meanwhile, at the other end of the field, Tanager keeper Andrew Meyer was accomplishing a pair of sterling saves. In the 40th minute Deal put the game to rest with his second goal of the night to end the scoring. Custer blitzed Vermillion with six first-half goals on Saturday, starting with a successful penalty kick by first-team All-Stater Jake Roddy just two minutes into the game.�? The contest was only four minutes old when a successful corner kick made it 2-0. By halftime Roddy had scored three more times himself, and his younger brother Luke had a goal of his own.�? The Tanagers came close to scoring once when a long shot from the sideline hit the crossbar. Deal put Vermillion on the board with a goal nine minutes into the second half.�? For the Wildcats Travis March answered, then Jake Roddy broke away down the middle of the field for his fifth goal of the day. James made good on a penalty kick for Vermillionâ�?�?s second score. The Tanager JVs had a wildly successful season opener, whitewashing Hot Springs, 7-0.�? The JVs next play at Sioux Falls Christian Tuesday and at Sturgis next Friday.