goal·​mouth ˈgōl-ˌmau̇th How to pronounce goalmouth (audio)
: the area directly in front of the goal (as in soccer or hockey)

Examples of goalmouth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nine bodies crammed in the goalmouth in various positions when the whistle blew. Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel, 25 June 2024 Takaoka pushed the rebound right to Hollingshead, however, and this time the LAFC defender didn’t miss, putting a low, left-footed shot across the goalmouth and just over the line. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2023 The goal had come seemingly out of nothing: Spain was calmly working the ball around the back, maneuvering out of some pressure, when goalkeeper Sandra Paños collected it in her goalmouth and fired a clearing ball directly into Germany forward Klara Bühl’s midsection. New York Times, 12 July 2022 Maouloune Goumballe got loose behind the defense on the right side of the box, and as goalkeeper Andreas Nota came out to challenge, the sophomore slotted the ball across the goalmouth with senior Thomas Warr racing in to blast the ball into the net to make it 2-0 in the 58th minute. Jeremy Price, The Indianapolis Star, 11 May 2021 Carter Verhaeghe cut the lead to one at 8:22 of the second, flicking a loose puck at the goalmouth between his legs. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Dec. 2022 After Lee’s strike, junior defender Nadia Mustafa poked in a loose ball from just in front of the goalmouth to put the Lions ahead, 2-1, with seven minutes left in the half. Cam Kerry, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Nov. 2022 However, King/Drew was able to use the wind to play as equals to the higher-seeded hosts in the second half and broke through with a score in front of the goalmouth in the 67th minute by Hephzibah Okafor. Ramon Scott, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2022 With Marcinkowski well outside of the goalmouth, Asprilla took the rebound and launched the ball over the goalkeeper's head and in for an incredible goal. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 29 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of goalmouth was in 1871

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“Goalmouth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goalmouth. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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