TAUNTON — The Newton North Tigers and Franklin Panthers battled Tuesday night for the right to be named top cat in Eastern Mass. girls’ soccer.
Senior forward Shannon Fitzgerald provided the claws for the North sectional champions, breaking a late tie in the Tigers’ 2-1 victory in the Division 1 state semifinal at Taunton High School.
Tied at 1-all with the clock winding down, it was clear that Newton North’s strength and speed was wearing on the Panthers. With less than nine minutes to go, Angela Ward received the ball just beyond midfield with a defender tight on her back. She turned and passed to Fitzgerald, who shook her defender and scored. The goal was Fitzgerald’s seventh in this postseason. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.