"[The Tigers (3-5-3)] had a chance in the second half that nine times out of 10 [junior Laura Hogan] puts in the back of the net," Juniper said of Hogan's shot from five yards in front that shot high over the crossbar early in the second half.
"You can argue there was a foul on our goalkeeper there, but the sport we play is games that are separated by small differences. But, that being said, last year, those small differences seemed to all go against us, and this year, they are all going for us. When they're all going for you and you're winning all those games by a small margin, that's a sign of the amount of work we've put in the last 12 months. If it was the odd one, then I'd feel lucky. But I give all the credit to my team tonight."
Juniper also gave some well-earned credit to the visitors, whose physical, disciplined play contained a UCI offense that came in having outscored teams 25-11 this season, including 20-6 during an eight-game unbeaten streak that it extended to nine.
"That was a rough game," Juniper said after his team posted an 11-9 edge in shots, but earned all nine of the contest's corner kicks.
"We have not come up against a team that is as physical as us, and [the Tigers] were as physical as any team we've played. We said to [our players] before the last 10 minutes, that we were getting closer and closer and they just had to keep playing with discipline, keep playing with passion and energy and it was going to come. And the free kick came and it was close to the goal this time. And when you've got someone like CoCo on the team, it's game over."
Goodson, in her first season at UCI after transferring from Texas, said she took advantage of a golden opportunity to score the golden goal.