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Choate hurt his knee on the collision and Gabor thought he'd be done for the game, but he rested on the sideline for five minutes and got right back out there to help his team finish the game.
"He's tough, he's not going to let anything like that hold him back," Gabor said. "Unless his leg is broken he's going to be on the field."
Back in the stands, cooler heads eventually prevailed.
During the game, Gabor switched sophomore Nate Holler and Choate in his formation to help offset Akron's game plan. The Tigers like to put their speed guys on the outside and try to isolate them. So Choate moved back to midfield in an effort to spread Akron out a bit.
The Warriors struggled a bit offensively with the switch, so in the second half Gabor moved Choate back to the forward spot and the move paid off.
Holler sent a perfect through pass over the head of two Akron defenders and Choate was able to loft a shot over the head of the keeper to win the game for the Warriors.
Gabor knew coming into the season that his team would compete every game.
"I was excited to have the core group of guys coming back this year and I thought their experience last year was only going to help us on our path," Gabor said. "Being the No. 6 seed and seeing some of the teams we were going to have to play, I knew the road was going to be a lot tougher. I knew we'd have to upset some teams but these guys just find a way to step up in the playoffs."
The Warriors certainly stepped up to knock off No. 2 seed Southwestern and No. 4 seed Akron in consecutive games. Maybe nobody did so more than goalkeeper Jesse Bortz. After Cory Compeau injured his hand right before the playoffs — forcing him to miss the remainder of the season — Bortz stepped in and has been clutch for the Warriors ever since.