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

Examples of goalie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Morgan beat her San Diego Wave teammate Kailen Sheridan — Canada’s goalie — with the winning tally. Marisa Ingemi, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 July 2022 The 6-foot-5, 194-pound goalie assumed the starting role last season, his first with Arizona State, and delivered impressive numbers. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 14 July 2022 This is the second year in a row that the Avalanche's No. 1 goalie has left in free agency. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, 8 July 2022 Each goalie landed four punches and one big one apiece. Detroit Free Press, 26 June 2022 The third-seeded Eagles (17-5) trusted junior goalie Andrew Toland, who tallied 15 saves, and their capable attack, led by junior Will Emsing, who scored or assisted on seven of their goals in a hard-fought win at Burlington High. Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, 18 June 2022 Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (24 saves) made the saves of Thursday’s game at 10:21 and 10:23 of the third period with the game tied at one. Pat Leonard, Hartford Courant, 10 June 2022 The goalie-clearing and goal-doubling power of a Hyper Strike is a little too impactful on the game. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 10 June 2022 Knotted at 10 midway through the fourth quarter, the Tar Heels took the lead when Geiersbach got under her defender from the right wing, tiptoed the crease, and slipped her shot past Boston College senior goalie Rachel Hall with 5:26 remaining. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 29 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of goalie

1894, in the meaning defined above

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4 Aug 2022

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“Goalie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goalie. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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