Hounds adds two more recent college stars, Toby Sims and Chase Vosvick

Photos courtesy of Loyola University (MD) Athletics and Chowan University (NC) Athletics

After filling out his club’s 2022 roster with a strong returning cast as well as significant pre-season signings, Riverhounds SC and head coach Bob Lilley have rounded out the squad with plenty of recent college players.

The latest announced signings came on Friday, as Riverhounds SC revealed two other players who went on trial with the club in February, defender Toby Sims and goalkeeper Chase Vosvick, who signed one-year contracts with a team option for 2023. , pending USL and USA Soccer approval.

Sims is from Tuxford, England, who played at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, North Carolina. While in college, he was an All-Conference Carolinas selection for all five seasons—four on the first team. He was also a 2019 Division II Third-Team All-American and a 2021 Carolina Conference Defensive Player of the Year, a season in which he led the team with 11 goals.

Sims was also selected as the USL League Two Defensive Player of the Year playing with SC United in 2021. Last season, SC United conceded just 18 goals in the 13 games Sims appeared in, and the team lost just two matches on the way to a Deep South Division title and a place in the League 2 playoffs.

“Toby is a player who takes pride in his defense but can also impact the game going forward. He is growing rapidly with our group and we are excited to see him contribute in the 2022 USL Championship season” , said Lilley.

Vosvick is a native of Phoenix, Maryland, and was an outstanding goaltender during a five-year career at Loyola University (Md.). He was selected as Patriot League Goaltender of the Year in four of his five seasons, earning second-team all-conference honors the remaining year.

In addition to conference honors, he was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list ahead of his senior season. He finished his career with just 72 goals against in 73 games, and in 2021 he led Loyola to the Patriot League title and the NCAA Tournament, where the Greyhounds faced North Carolina for a 0-0 draw before to be eliminated on penalties.

“Chase is a hard-working young goalie and will continue to improve through his habits,” Lilley said. “His mindset fits well with our team, and we can’t wait to see his development in 2022.”

Both players have been training with the Hounds this pre-season, and their signings bring the total number of players under contract to 22 with two weeks to go before the March 12 season opener at Memphis 901 FC.

The Hounds host Louisville City FC for their fourth preseason game at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Highmark Stadium. The game is open to the public and entry is free.

John Krysinsky has covered football and other sports for many years for various publications and media. He is also the author of “Miracle on the Mon” – a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the leading and centered narrative of a remarkable game that helped provide a spark. for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, served as a color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup matches and the International Champions Cup in the United States. . Krysinsky also served as head men’s soccer coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to first winning seasons and first playoff berths (1996-98); Northern Catholic Boys Head Coach (2007-08), Shady Side Academy Boys Associate Head Coach (2009-2014).

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