Still not sure what caused the problem, but I was able to fix it by deleteing all of my simulation goals and reapplying them and running the solver for one more iteration. I don't think it was a setup error on my part as the definitions are very straight forward and easy to apply so I would tend to believe this is a bug. However, I won't rule out the possibility of user error. I would be curious to know if anyone else experiences something similar in the future.
running the solver longer probably solved your problem
that is the most common cause of this type of issue, early solve termination (ie, convergence not acheived)
but also it happens from meshing. it is possible that in the second run because of the way you applied the goals, the mesh changed and improved things