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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The Chelsea goalkeeper had himself a stellar night, saving shot after shot when Brazil steamrolled their way into this box consistently. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Belgium eliminate Brazil, England make history and the best of the World Cup weekend," 8 July 2018 But a heavy deflection off Swiss defender Manuel Akanji left the goalkeeper stranded and carried the ball into the net. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Sweden’s Secret to World Cup Success: Play More Boring," 3 July 2018 Solo, who has 202 caps for the U.S. Women's National Team, was considered by many to be the best goalkeeper in women's soccer up until two years ago. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "Domestic violence case against Hope Solo dismissed," 6 June 2018 At the state tournament, Madison defeated long-time nemesis Plano 2-0 in the state semifinals and a physical contest that saw forward Amy Marlar McBee leave with a cut above her left eye after a collision with the Plano goalkeeper. Terrence Thomas, San Antonio Express-News, "Last of its kind: 1993 Madison girls soccer team set standard not since repeated," 24 Apr. 2018 Cincinnati was out-shot by a two-to-one margin (20-10) by the hosts and relied heavily on the backline and goalkeeper Evan Newton, who recorded his sixth clean sheet of 2018 in the tie. ... Scott Winfield, Cincinnati.com, "ICYMI: FC Cincinnati ties soon-to-be MLS rival, three Cincinnati Reds named MLB All-Stars," 9 July 2018 Domagoj Vida got his head on a corner and his looping touch left the defense, and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, unsighted, bouncing into the net. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Russia's underdog World Cup run comes to an end with PK loss to Croatia," 7 July 2018 Savaerese said that defender Alvas Powell, who missed Saturday's game against the Galaxy with a left thigh injury, and goalkeeper Jake Gleeson, who has been out with a back injury, are also both progressing. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "Portland Timbers' Liam Ridgewell, Alvas Powell questionable for Saturday's game against Kansas City," 5 June 2018 Monroe Central Academy 2, Richmond Senior 0: The visiting Cardinals scored twice in the second half, and goalkeeper Heidi Picazo-Gonzales made five saves in registering the shutout. Steve Lyttle And Langston Wertz Jr., charlotteobserver, "Friday's spring sports roundup: freshmen come up big in unbeaten battle | Charlotte Observer," 14 Apr. 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)


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: a player who defends a goal

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