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Boys soccer: Iron Bridge Classic arrives

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One of the strongest fields yet at Guyer’s Iron Bridge Classic begins play today as the tournament kicks off at Guyer and Ryan.

Guyer coach Cody Schroeder began the event, which is in its eighth installment, in Guyer’s second year of existence. It is named after the historic bridge connecting Guyer’s fieldhouse and the school. The bridge, built in 1908, was moved to Guyer from Rector Road, just southeast of Sanger, when the school opened.

Ryan began co-hosting the tournament in 2010, and a field of 15 teams will compete at both sites beginning at 2 p.m. when Ryan hosts The Colony and Guyer hosts Frisco.

Guyer and Ryan each will play two matches today. At 8 p.m. at their respective fields, Guyer faces Canyon Randall and Ryan takes on Amarillo Caprock.

Neither Guyer nor Ryan will play Friday before closing the tournament out Saturday, when teams will play according to seedings from the first two days.

Schroeder said the field is one of the best the tournament has hosted, including teams such as Frisco Centennial, Grapevine Faith Christian, Dallas Jefferson and Wichita Falls Rider, which eliminated Guyer from the postseason last year in a 1-0 thriller.

The tournament also features Wylie East, Carrollton Creekview, Justin Northwest, Lewisville and Amarillo.