BRADENTON -- When he was a freshman, Liam Bramley chose to give up baseball and stick to soccer.
The year-round aspect of the beautiful game was too alluring to pass up for Bramley, who exhibited the hand-eye coordination necessary to stop opposing shots on the pitch.
He led the Lakewood Ranch Mustangs to the program's first boys soccer state final four appearance during his sophomore season.
The Mustangs were poised to make another run this season, but fell in a penalty shootout.
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However, Bramley's moxie between the posts led Lakewood Ranch to 11 clean sheets this past season and it's the main reason he earned the Herald All-Area Boys Soccer Player of the Year honor.
"There's a lot of good players in the county, and I'm really happy about it," Bramley said. "I couldn't have done it without my teammates."
While the Mustangs captured their third straight district title with a well-rounded squad from playmaking midfielders to a stout back line, Bramley's work set up how stingy Lakewood Ranch was this past season.
"He solidifies the defense," Lakewood Ranch head coach Vito Bavaro said.
Bramley has played goalkeeper for the past eight years and has achieved his success through training with club soccer.
"When I was about 10, I think, is when I knew that this was what I was going to be doing for years playing soccer," Bramley said. "And I've sort of improved since then."
Playing against older players has helped morph Bramley into a top-notch keeper. He has routinely played a year up in club soccer.
Also aiding his development has been communication skills to organize the defense in front of him, while relying on supreme hand-eye coordination from his time playing shortstop and first base in baseball.
"It got to the point that soccer was all year round," Bramley said. "Normally for baseball, it started in the spring and I could play it. But it got to the point where soccer would be all the way through the spring and into the summer. That's when I had to focus on soccer."
However, there's the chance his junior season will be his last high school campaign. Bramley is attempting to latch on with the Clearwater Chargers, a club soccer team.
That would end his high school career. He won't be allowed to play high school soccer as a club player.
Regardless if he makes the cut with the Chargers or not, there's still room for improvement, and Bramley said distribution is the biggest thing he wants to improve.
Any sort of improvement is a scary proposition for opposing attackers.