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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Recent Examples on the Web Midfielder Lindsey Horan and goalie Adrianna Franch will be part of the Thorns roster. oregonlive, "Portland Thorns and USWNT midfielder Tobin Heath to sit out NWSL Challenge Cup," 23 June 2020 Wearing a mask and bearing gifts, the former NHL goalie showed up at her home to give her a little reading inspiration. Dallas News, "Introducing Philanthropy FWD: Marty Turco surprises a St. Philip’s School student at home," 10 June 2020 In Game 3 of the 2016 Finals, Joonas Donskoi beat Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray 12 minutes and 18 seconds into overtime to give the Sharks a 3-2 victory June 4. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "June 4, 2016: Sharks tip Pens in first Stanley Cup Finals game played in San Jose," 4 June 2020 Dean Talafous, a sixth skater on the ice after Wisconsin pulled its goalie, tied the game with 5 seconds left to force overtime. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Here are moments Nos. 71 to 80 among the greatest in Wisconsin sports over the past 50 years," 3 June 2020 Molly Schaus, a two-time U.S. Olympic hockey goalie who’s now fan development marketing manager for the Ducks, demonstrated lower-body exercises and used a chair in a stickhandling drill. Los Angeles Times, "Column: LA84 Foundation helps kids remain active while staying safer at home," 6 May 2020 The rare need for a third goalie is only a regular-season issue. Ross Mckeon, SFChronicle.com, "How NHL emergency goalies switch from spectators to slap shots, in no time flat," 6 Mar. 2020 As a freshman goalie on the Belmont girls’ hockey team, Bridget Gray has become accustomed to stepping on the ice for the third period with a zero under her opponent’s score line. Michael Mcmahon, BostonGlobe.com, "Emma O’Donovan, Bridget Gray team up in Belmont girls’ shutout of Waltham," 2 Mar. 2020 Ayres serves as a third goalie in practices for the Maple Leafs and the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "Emergency goalie David Ayres, 42, gets NHL win after Hurricanes' James Reimer, Petr Mrazek are hurt," 23 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of goalie

1894, in the meaning defined above

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“Goalie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goalie. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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


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