- (in ice hockey, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, etc.) a player whose chief duty is to prevent the ball or puck from crossing or entering the goal.
Origin of goalkeeper
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Examples from the Web for goalkeeper
Now, the goalkeeper is out with a memoir about his life until that point: The Keeper: A Life of Saving Goals and Achieving Them.
United States goalkeeper Tim Howard on why soccer struggles in America and how he essentially chose his career over his wife.
In a flash he deflects the shot, with the speed of instinct, right past the goalkeeper.Is Soccer Great Lionel Messi Corrupt?
December 8, 2014
The best player was Manuel Neuer, Germany’s goalkeeper, but ‘keepers are seldom lauded in this way.Germany Wins, World Cup Justice Is Served
July 13, 2014
But Silva, hapless Silva, got his merely for tangling with the Colombian goalkeeper in a clumsy melee of limbs.Brazil and Colombia Bring the Ugly Game
July 4, 2014
The opponents' goalkeeper shall not advance beyond his goal line.
It is also important to know when to pass back to the goalkeeper, and to do so correctly.
By doing so he gives the goalkeeper no possible chance of knowing where it is going.
If the half-back makes a mistake it can be rectified by the man behind him, but if the goalkeeper makes a blunder it is fatal.
I have often seen a goal scored simply through a poor return by the goalkeeper.
- sport a player in the goal whose duty is to prevent the ball, puck, etc, from entering or crossing it
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