goal·​keep·​er | \ˈgōl-ˌkē-pər \

Definition of goalkeeper 

: a player who defends the goal in any of various games (such as hockey, lacrosse, or soccer)

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Luckily for him and Croatia, Kasper Schmeichel had dived, and the ball had just enough curl on it to evade goalkeeper’s trailing leg. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Luka Modric's Croatia Success Story Comes With Complications," 13 July 2018 Boston, which entered the game with just one player in the top 20 league wide in scoring (James Pannell), could not solve Bayhawks goalkeeper Niko Amato (Maryland) enough times to keep close. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Led by Danowski, Bayhawks rout Cannons, 15-8, for sixth straight win," 3 July 2018 The goalie, Memo Ochoa, has more saves than any other goalkeeper in the World Cup. Gustavo Solis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diegans watch Mexico get eliminated from World Cup," 2 July 2018 The training complex is expected to include three lighted fields (two grass, one artificial turf), as well as a goalkeeper-specific training area, the team said in a news release. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati reveals training complex plans, stadium details coming Friday," 26 June 2018 But the more skilled South Americans calmly exploited each gap in the hosts’s failed attempts with clinical counterattacks, knocking two balls past goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev in the first 25 minutes. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "Russia’s World Cup Team Gets a Reality Check," 25 June 2018 According to the Guardian, during the first game against Iceland, Messi covered less than a mile of turf while not in possession of the ball, a staggeringly low amount for an outfield player and indeed, less than two goalkeepers. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why Lionel Messi hates playing for Argentina in World Cup," 24 June 2018 Martin was voted 5-6A goalkeeper of the year in 2018 after allowing one goal in district play. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Standout girls goalkeeper puts on the shoulder pads for upcoming football season," 5 June 2018 Central midfielder Brad Ring tapped the ball on the indirect free kick, and Saad's strike had so much swerve that opposing goalkeeper Joe Kuzminsky didn't even budge as the ball soared into the top right corner. Kevin Johnston, Indianapolis Star, "Despite a thrilling goal, Indy Eleven settle for a draw," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of goalkeeper

1789, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of goalkeeper

: a player who defends the goal in various games (especially soccer)


goal·​keep·​er | \ˈgōl-ˌkē-pər \

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: a player who defends a goal

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