Pablo Jimenez connected in the 87th minute. (Photo by NJIT SID)

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – Sophomore Pablo Jimenez scored the only goal in the 87th minute, leading NJIT to a 1-0 victory at Rider University Friday night.

NJIT improved to 3-0 as the Highlanders won their opening three matches for the second-consecutive season.

“A good win on the road for us, against a very strong team that I am sure will be a contender for the MAAC this year,” head coach Fernando Barboto said. “We played very well and scored a gorgeous combination goal.”

The goal was assisted by Rene White and Andrew Nino.

Jimenez, selected to the preseason ASUN All-Conference Team, recorded his first goal of the season.

For Rider (0-1-1), keeper Garret Poter posted one save.

NJIT junior goalkeeper Victor Pujades earned his second shutout of the season, making four saves.

The Highlanders host Saint Francis U at the Kean University East Campus in Hillside, N.J. Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.