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    Deering defenders Robert Ochan, left, and teammate Abdullah Kalayaf block a scoring bid by Portland's Eric Mukwa in a preseason game. The Portland-Deering rivalry dates back 45 years to the advent of both soccer programs.

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    Portland goalie Rowan Daligan tries to reach a shot on goal in a preseason game with Deering.

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    Portland goalie Rowan Daligan battles with Deering's Robert Ochan as he bats away a corner kick in a preseason game.

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    Portland Coach Rocco Frenzilli, who helped start the school’s soccer program in 1972, said last year’s playoff game against Deering was one of the most intense he has ever seen.

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    Portland goalie Rowan Daligan comes up with ball following a Deering shot.

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    Deering's Robert Ochan anchors the Deering defense.

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    Deering Coach Joel Costigan and Portland's Rocco Frenzilli work in the same building at Portland High; Costigan teaches social studies and Frenzilli earth science.

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    Portland Coach Rocco Frenzilli said the deep personal connections between Portland and Deering athletes are what fuel the rivalry. With the high schools just 2.4 miles apart, many Portland and Deering players live in the same neighborhoods or play on the same club teams, creating a complicated dynamic when they face each other.

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