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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Gordon Wild cut the Hartford lead to 3-1, beating Athletic goalie Cody Cropper at 21 minutes. Staff Report, courant.com, "Hartford Athletic wallops Loudoun United 5-1," 8 Sep. 2019 That gives Winkworth four goalie candidates to choose from as a replacement for Nikki Panas, who transferred after two seasons to Oklahoma (the Sooners are at ASU on Sept. 8). Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "ASU athletic year begins with soccer seeking to build on 2018 gains," 20 Aug. 2019 Grim Keeper Rapids goalie Tim Howard left the match early once again. Jake Shapiro, The Denver Post, "Five takeaways from the Colorado Rapids infectious offensive outburst against Montreal," 4 Aug. 2019 What's more, Sydney Schneider is only 19, still attending college, and didn't even start playing goalie until a few years ago. Michelle Lou, CNN, "She's only 19 -- and just made tremendous saves as Jamaica's goalie in the World Cup," 9 June 2019 Even with Hakstol – who reached the playoffs just a season before despite being saddled with the goalie carousel that marked his tenure here – as their coach. Sam Donnellon, https://www.inquirer.com, "Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher heads into NHL draft and free agency with something to prove | Sam Donnellon," 6 June 2019 Alex Morgan and Christen Press provided offense — each scored on England — while goalie Alyssa Naeher had some pivotal stops in the final minutes to preserve the win. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Top photos from Team USA’s 2-1 World Cup win over England," 2 July 2019 Reimer will help address the Hurricanes’ immediate need at goalie with co-starters Petr Mrzaek and Curtis McElhinney eligible to become unrestricted free agents. Staff And Wire Report, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida Panthers trade goaltender James Reimer to Carolina Hurricanes for 2020 NHL draft pick," 30 June 2019 Their franchise goalie Henrik Lundqvist, 37, also has two years left on his contract, and his 23-year-old backup, Alexandar Georgiev, proved himself worthy of the N.H.L. last season. Allan Kreda, New York Times, "A Glimpse at the Future Excites the Rangers," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of goalie

1894, in the meaning defined above

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


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