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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Michael, the older of the twins, is a goalie and generally more quiet than his brothers. Philly.com, "Special bonds: Mothers and their athletes," 23 June 2018 With time running out, the Seawolves pulled goalie Brody Claeys and cashed in with Azurdia's second goal of the night — his team-high 10th of the season. Anchorage Daily News, "Outshot 91-36 in two games, UAA hockey team drops series to Minnesota State," 4 Feb. 2018 Islanders goalie Robin Lehner is listed at 6-foot-4, 240 pounds. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "NHL’s Comeback: Loads of Goals and Surprises," 13 Feb. 2019 And in any case, both teams can thank their goalies for stellar work in the shootouts. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Shootout Sunday: Croatia Follows Russia’s Lead and Wins on Penalty Kicks," 3 July 2018 Avs goalie Jonathan Bernier made 29 saves, ceding goals to Ryan Johansen, Colton Sissions and Auston Watson, but held Nashville at bay for most of Game 3. Michael Blinn, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Avalanche Use Quick Start to Topple Predators in Game 3 Win," 17 Apr. 2018 His wrist shot beat the goalie but hit the crossbar, leaving Donato inches from scoring the game-tying goal. Patrick Donnelly, The Seattle Times, "Saros’ shutout lifts Predators over Wild 1-0," 25 Mar. 2019 Last season, Hutchinson was one of the best goalies in the AHL for Winnipeg affiliate Manitoba. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Panthers add Michael Hutchinson to organizational goaltending depth," 1 July 2018 Goaltenders Since Corey Crawford became the starting goalie in 2010-11, the Hawks have consistently found good and inexpensive options to back him up. Jimmy Greenfield, chicagotribune.com, "Blackhawks' free-agent shopping list includes top-four defenseman, backup goalie," 29 June 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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