Sound Bites: Interview with Dryden soccer player Casey Phillips


By Tim Donnelly

ESPN Ithaca


Recently on ESPN Ithaca’s Between the Lines, host Tim Donnelly spoke with Dryden High School soccer player Casey Phillips. Phillips recently helped lead his team to a championship in the Odessa-Montour Tournament. Here is a snippet of that conversation; to hear the full interview, visit ESPN Ithaca’s on-demand PodCenter at

Tim Donnelly: How were you able to come away with those wins over Union Springs, Bradford, and Watkins Glen?

Casey Phillips: Yea, it was pretty fun and I had a lot of, my teammates really helped out a lot. Our whole team was just having a lot of fun.

TD: How important is that for your particular squad that, you know, that when things are going right and you’re playing well that things are also fun?

CP: That is just when we play our best. This year we are just playing really well. I think we have a good chance at sectionals and if we keep playing this way, I think we’ll have a really good outcome.


TD: You participated in the Odessa-Montour Tournament. When you enter a tournament, where you’re going to be competing against other teams and there is the one ultimate goal, how satisfying is it for you to come away with the title?

CP: Yea, it just feels really good. I mean, I’ve competed in a lot of tournaments and I’m thrilled with every single one because mostly our team just works hard.


TD: You also finished the week, individually, with six goals and four assists. What got into you that gave you such individual success?

CP: Like I said before, just a lot of help from my teammates, coaches a lot. We’re all just having fun.

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Between the Lines with Tim Donnelly can be heard weekdays 4-6 p.m. on ESPN Ithaca (1160 AM/107.1 FM) and at


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