Rockford Thunder victorious in debut

Rockford’s new professional soccer team opened its American Indoor Soccer League (AISL) season with a big road win Saturday night, Nov. 11.

The newly formed Rockford Thunder traveled to Ohio to take on defending AISL champion Cincinnati Excite. They outscored the Excite 8-6.

Bato Radoncic was the hero for the Thunder as he scored three goals and added two assists. The Thunder’s John DaVae also added two goals, including the game-winner late in the final period.

Matt Brienes led the Excite with a record-setting five goals.

The two teams will meet again Sunday night, Nov. 19, for the Thunder’s home-opener at the Wedgebury Indoor Sports Complex. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Fans interested in attending the game can order tickets at or calling (877) 507-5840.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the Nov. 15-21, 2006, issue

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