goal-n; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: intended state of affairs

Commentary: Refers to the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve, and that represents the end of a plan.

My goal is to conquer the world within three weeks.
Intelli-Soft plans to become a more goal-oriented organization.
You can achieve your goals if you put your mind to it!
Quitting smoking is a worthy goal.
The goal of the game is to defeat your opponents, of course.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a scored point

Commentary: GOAL[+event] A successful attempt at scoring. Usually sports-related.

Only John's quick footwork prevented a goal.
Who was the top goal-scorer of the game?
The winning goal came with less than a minute to play.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: piece of equipment

Commentary: The piece of equipment that players are trying to put the ball or puck into. What a goalie protects. Usually involves some posts and a net.

In the neighborhood where I grew up, we played soccer with some cones set up as a goal.
John struck his head against the goal post and forgot which team he was on.
Hockey goals are about three feet by four feet.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: end of the journey

Commentary: Refers to a physical point that represents the end of a journey or race.

We set out for California, with San Diego as our first goal.
At the end of the race, I was the first across the goal line.
They reached their goal in a state of utter exhaustion.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 4