Glen-Ed Soccer Club sued over injury perpetrated by 'older girl'

Kelly Holleran Sep. 30, 2008, 10:15am

A woman has filed suit against Glen-Ed Soccer Club and one of its volunteer coaches, alleging her 11-year-old daughter injured her right arm after the coach allowed her to play against a team consisting of at least one older girl.

Kristen McCarthy's daughter, Alexis, was a member of an under-11 team, Gold Rush, and was competing in an indoor soccer league game Nov. 26, 2007, according to the complaint filed Sept. 22 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Gold Rush was playing another under-12 team, Glen-Ed Panthers, when Alexis sustained an injury to her right arm and body that required medical attention, the suit states.

McCarthy claims Glen-Ed's coach, Christopher Tracy, allowed an ineligible 15-year-old to play on the team and failed to advise her to play in such a manner that would not harm any other player on the opposing team.

Tracy also "negligently concealed the fact that he was allowing an ineligible player to play on his team from the coach, parents and players from the opposing team," the suit states.

The 15-year-old was the sister of one of Glen-Ed's eligible members, according to the complaint.

McCarthy claims Alexis was hurt as a result of Tracy's actions.

Glen-Ed Soccer Club was negligent because it failed to adequately train, control or supervise Tracy and because it hired him, according to the complaint.

In the three-count suit, McCarthy is seeking a judgment in excess of $150,000, plus costs of the suit.

Glenn E. Bradford of Barberis & Bradford in Edwardsville will be representing her.

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