goal·​ie | \ ˈgō-lē How to pronounce goalie (audio) \
plural goalies

Definition of goalie

: a player who defends the goal in any of various games (such as hockey, lacrosse, or soccer) : goalkeeper If the ball carrier continues to cut across in front of the net, the goalie must move with the shooter in order to cover the angle.— Jim Hinkson As she has so many times during the last four years, Barlow broke away from all of the defenders and beat the goalie with her swift foot and a one-on-one move towards the net.— Brian Moore

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Leah Green, 15, played goalie on the Old Orchard Beach varsity field-hockey team and was excited for a second season on the Lady Gulls. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Eight-Player Football and a Single Cheerleader: School Sports Adapt to Fewer Students," 16 Jan. 2019 The Victor Hugo station is now Victor Hugo Lloris, after France's standout goalie and team captain. Fox News, "The Latest: French soccer team gets hero's welcome in Paris," 16 July 2018 The Ontario native played goalie for years before hanging up her skates at age 14 to focus exclusively on golf. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, "After her grandfather's death, Brooke Henderson brings major mindset to Kemper Lakes," 29 June 2018 Fittingly, the last girl to handle the ball was Torrey Pines goalie Sophia LeRose. Don Norcross, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Open Division girls lacrosse: goalie assures Torrey trifecta," 12 May 2018 The team's best plan of attack is to borrow a page from the NBA and maximize the supposedly strong relationship between Tavares and fellow countrymen, including Benn, Seguin and even goalie Ben Bishop. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Could top NHL free agent John Tavares pick Dallas? We could find out Saturday," 29 June 2018 And those teams had two options in which players to protect: Seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender, or eight skaters (forwards or defensemen) and a goalie. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s NHL team will get same favorable expansion draft rules as Vegas Golden Knights. What happens next is anyone’s guess.," 5 Dec. 2018 Ward, in theory, protects the Hawks against Crawford’s uncertainty better than Anton Forsberg did last season as a backup goalie. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Why aren't the Blackhawks and Stan Bowman approaching this offseason with more urgency?," 3 July 2018 The Islanders and Hurricanes are still trying to sign a goalie. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "NHL free agency 2018: Breaking down the deals and rumors on July 1," 1 July 2018

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1894, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of goalie

: a player who defends the goal in a game (such as soccer or hockey)


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