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 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 Harris, a goalie, and Krieger, a defender, were part of the team that won the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Caroline Linton, CBS News, "U.S. women's soccer stars Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris get married," 29 Dec. 2019 This is Hause’s third season as a NHL emergency goalie. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Playoff win likely required for new deals for Kirk Cousins, Mike Zimmer, Rick Spielman," 28 Dec. 2019 Tommy Stevens was shielded like a hockey goalie and the freshman from Baltimore didn't drop the gift. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Extra observations, some context to key moments in Alabama win at Mississippi State," 18 Nov. 2019 Saad's shot on a breakaway beat goalie Matt Murray but struck the left post. Jimmy Greenfield, chicagotribune.com, "Blackhawks fall 3-2 in a shootout after blowing a 2-goal lead for their 1st loss to the Penguins since 2014," 9 Nov. 2019

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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 5 Jun. 2020.

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


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