Chris Gibson has been coaching the Bryan girls soccer team for years as an assistant. Despite a major change during the offseason, the longtime Viking says things should stay about the same.

Gibson was promoted to head coach after Amy Pettibone Simpson left for Austin High.

"The only difference now that I tell people is that I'm the first coach listed on the roster," Gibson said. "Working with Amy the last four years and with [Aminadab] Delgado before that, they gave me a lot of leeway to do a lot of head coaching type duties. I left the paperwork and administrative work to them, but that's now my job, so I'm having to learn that on the fly."

Gibson inherits a Bryan team that went 7-9-5 last season.

Bryan has played in one tournament, winning its opener at the Spring Branch event over George Ranch 2-0. The Lady Vikings dropped games to Spring Woods 1-0 and to Alief Taylor 3-0.

Alyssa Hardan and Tori Saenz scored in the victory.

"I'm excited for this team," Gibson said. "We were young team last year. We had some good senior leaders, but we had six freshmen on the varsity and they are all back and contributing, and we have a couple of more freshman, so we're young."

Bryan has some key seniors, too, including midfielder Tori Brown, goalkeeper Celeste Fields and four-year varsity member Zoey Clark. Saenz, a junior, is another top contributor.

Bryan's crop of experienced sophomores includes midfielder and forward Hardan and defenders Rebecca Adcock and Rowdie Bright.

"The sophomores I am really excited about," Gibson said. "Alyssa Hardan, Rebecca Adcock and Rowdie Bright are some quality sophomores that have talked to me about playing in college, and so we are hitting that trail and getting them focused in that direction."

Bryan will face Rudder on Friday in the intraschool-district rivalry, and the teams will co-host the Brazos Valley Cup the following weekend. Bryan will open District 14-5A play Jan. 31 at Oak Ridge.

"Obviously, this is a tough district with The Woodlands," Gibson said of 14-5A. "Throw in Lufkin and this is a tough district top to bottom. But it's our last in this district, and we'll see if we can make some noise here before we move."

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