Courage hold on to edge Power

Birgit Prinz and Danielle Fotopoulos

scored second-half goals as the Carolina Courage beat the New York

Power 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Carolina (12-5-3), tied for first place in the WUSA with one

game remaining in the regular season, secured homefield advantage

for the playoff semifinals Aug. 17.

Prinz opened the scoring in the 66th minute, heading the ball

into the goal off Fotopoulos' crossing pass. Fotopoulos added her

11th goal in the 81st minute.

Tiffeny Milbrett scored on a penalty kick for New York (3-16-1)

in the 89th minute.

The match was part of a doubleheader at Mitchel Field with the

U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal between Major League Soccer's New

York-New Jersey MetroStars and Columbus Crew.