goal line


Definition of goal line

: a line at either end and usually running the width of a playing area on which a goal or goalpost is situated

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With the ball loose at the goal line, Nagel cleaned up for her 24th goal of the season by using her chest to deposit it into the back of the net. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Penalty kick in overtime sends Bay Port to state championship game over Kettle Moraine," 14 June 2018 Pastujov scored his first collegiate goal in just his fourth career game at 15:39, shooting the puck in off MSU goaltender John Lethemon from behind the goal line. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "GLI: Cooper Marody's hat trick leads Michigan over Michigan State, 6-4," 2 Jan. 2018 Two teams of three players each try to roll a basketball-size ball with bells inside over the opponent’s goal line. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "USC’s Blind Football Player Proves Gym Time Leads to Game Time," 8 Sep. 2018 Tyler Myers came down from the point and took the exchange from Ehlers, moved down to left goal line extended and lobbed a seemingly harmless shot on goal. Tim Hackett, SI.com, "Jets Crush Predators in Game 7, Move on to Western Conference Finals," 10 May 2018 Instead, the defense’s goal line stand preserved the win. Zach Berman, Philly.com, "Eagles coach Doug Pederson pushed the right buttons last week, now must do it again," 15 Jan. 2018 Cole Bardreau made a slick pass from behind the goal line to set up the winner, igniting a wild on-ice celebration. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, "Alex Lyon makes 94 saves as Phantoms win longest game in AHL history," 10 May 2018 Kucherov sent a pass from behind the goal line that Killorn redirected into the net before Schneider could move. Tom Canavan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Devils rally to handle Lightning 5-2 in Game 3," 16 Apr. 2018 Pontus Aberg was free to backhand home the puck from behind the goal line just 45 seconds into the game. Curtis Zupke, latimes.com, "What we learned from the Kings' 3-2 loss to the Oilers," 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of goal line

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of goal line was in 1860

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English Language Learners Definition of goal line

: a line that must be crossed to score a goal in soccer, hockey, football, etc.

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Kids Definition of goal line

: a line that must be crossed to score a goal

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