(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.

1650–60; goal + keeper

goalkeeping, noun
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goalkeeper (ˈɡəʊlˌkiːpə)
sport a player in the goal whose duty is to prevent the ball, puck, etc, from entering or crossing it

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He survived partly because he was a good goalkeeper on the prison football team.
The goalkeeper stood next to him, his eyes welling up as he sang.
But these players are not ordinary soccer players--they run on crutches and
  each goalkeeper has only one arm.
Each team must have a goalkeeper, and designate a team captain.
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